Local Charity Breaks Ground on Assisted Living Home

A local charity is stepping up to provide residential housing for people living with disabilities in Essex County.

Murchadha House recently broke ground on its first home.

Kingsville's Sandra Murphy is the president of the organization, but her motivation to create the home came from her own experiences.

Her 12-year-old son Joshua lives with exceptional needs and her family was staring down the barrel of a 25-year waitlist to get him into a home.

Murphy tells CTV Windsor news it was simply unacceptable and they decided to take matters into their own hands.

The Murphy's decided to start a charity to build accessible houses and rent them to an agency to provide the care.

"My husband and I were concerned about what was going to happen to our son when he becomes an adult. When we can't take care of him or he just doesn't want to live with us. Nobody wants to live with their parents forever," she says.

She says it's been a long hard road, but there's a great team working towards the common good.

"So proud of this group of five board of directors, my husband has been involved as well and we've just worked really hard to get here, it was a long process just to get our charity status," added Murphy.

Murphy hopes it's the first of many homes to help families well into the future.

"I'm so proud of what this is going to be because it's only just beginning. We're going keep going and the best is yet to come."

The house at 138 Fox Street in Cottom will give four people with disabilities the help they need to remain in their community.

Construction on the $550,000 accessible home is expected to begin in May.

Murphy says the organization is still looking for additional help to get the home built through monetary donations, labour and materials.

 

 — With files from CTV Windsor