COVID-19 Protocol (updated as of March, 17, 2022) can be found HERE.

To help protect us against the spread of the corona virus, visiting restrictions are in place at Merica House. We will continue to keep in touch with friends and family by phone, email and Facetime.

We hope everyone stays well.

Cathy, Deirdre, Joe, Matthew and Maureen

Merica House

Merica House is home to 3 women and 2 men with a variety of severe physical disabilities. The Alliance for the Physically Disabled (APD) has helped to make possible the dream of Harry Merica for a home that would allow independent living for severely physically disabled adults. Too often the only option is living out life in a nursing home or other institution. By living together these adults can share the cost of rent, aides, and staff. Many people volunteer time, skills, and resources to truly make Merica House home for these special people.


Cathy Visits Sharita’s Gravesite

“On Monday, may 23, 2022, Cathy Parr, one of the first residents at Merica House, visited the gravesite of Sharita Caple, another first resident at Merica House. Cathy & Sharita grew up together, knew each other most of their lives. They considered themselves sisters & it was a big loss for Cathy when Sharita suddenly became ill and passed a couple of years ago. Cathy visits her gravesite every year. Cathy still talks about her & refers to her as her sister. They were very very close. Cathy was close to Sharita’s family & Sharita called Cathy’s Mom “Mom.” Pictures are of Cathy at the gravesite & a portrait taken of Sharita a year or so before she died by my husband, Mike Burkhart.” – Roxane


Spotlight – Barie’s Birthday

Joe Durbin, Matt Renfro ,Barie Alhassan, Hali Omar and Frank Conteh

Meet Our Residents  (video)

The APD is a non-profit organization committed to creating accessible and affordable housing opportunities with full time personal assistant services for adults with physical disabilities. We are a 501 ( c ) (3) organization. All donations of cash or donations in kind are tax deductible.

Potential donors: financial statements can be obtained from the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.