Merica House is home to four women and three men with a variety of severe physical disabilities. The Alliance for the Physically Disabled 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 seven.
Thank you for taking some time to learn more about this way to make life better and more cost effective for the severely physically disabled.
Cathy, Deirdre, LaRue, Matt, Maureen, and Sharita
Your Friends at Merica House
We thank our friends, family and the Sydney Hale Company for making our 2013 holiday fund raiser a success. We raised $300!
This was our third year partnering with this family owned and locally based Virginia company. Meghan Cook, the owner of the Sydney Hale Company, is a dear friend to Merica House. Thank you again for your continued support to our residents. We wish you a healthy new year.
The Barnes and Noble gift wrapping of customer purchases on December 18th went off without a hitch. Merica House volunteered to wrap purchases of Barnes and Noble customers for donations with B&N providing all the gift wrap, scissors, and tape. There were two volunteers for each three hour shift. Traffic was slow at times and busier at others. There was plenty of time for all of us to take breaks, meander around the store, and even get a “cup of joe” from Starbucks. The final cash-in for the day came to $200. We all felt that it was a worthwhile day, it was fun, and that it was worth doing again next year!
The Alliance for the Physically Disabled and Merica House wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
As we come to the end of another successful year, we want to thank those who have contributed to the success of Merica House.
Many of you have volunteered time, skills, and resources to truly make Merica House a home and make a difference in the lives of four women and three men with a variety of severe disabilities, allowing them to live independent lives.
We hope you will think of us as you contemplate your year-end giving. We make it easy to
Your donation to the the APD ensures the continuation of our excellent programs that support our residents and promotes our ability to fulfill the mission of developing community living residences.
Drop by and see us in 2014!
The Residents, Staff and Members of the Alliance for the Physically Disabled
We are looking for a male resident that would benefit from and fit in well to Merica House.
The applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 45 years of age and capable of directing his own care. The applicant must have, or be eligible for, the EDCD waiver. Round the clock care is provided for EDCD eligible individuals. Section 8 vouchers (Virginia Choice) are accepted. For more details, please call our office at: (703) 671-7991.
Garrett rode 1,818 miles in 61 days from July 1 to August 30 this year. He has written a very interesting report on his trip. Please read Garrett Porters Report. To see his online journal and pictures from the trip go to: Journal. (Be sure to keep clicking ‘next’ to follow his trip.)
Congratulations on a successful trip, Garrett!
Garrett Porter in China
Merica House will be gift wrapping purchased items for customers at the 7 Corners Barnes and Noble on December 18, from 9 am to 10 pm. Barnes and Noble is graciously providing wrapping paper, scissors, and tape.
You can help! Come and do some of your Christmas shopping and help Merica House at the same time. We also need volunteers to help wrap packages or bring ribbon and gift tags. If you can help out for a 2-3 hour length of time on the 18th, please contact Annette Porter by email.
Your help and support is greatly appreciated!!
For the third year in a row, Sydney Hale Candles has partnered with the APD/Merica House for their 2013 Holiday Fund Raiser.
Starting now thru Dec. 9th when you purchase candles on the Sydney Hale web site use the code ‘mericafund’ during checkout and for every candle purchased $10 will be donated to Merica House. In addition you will receive 5% off your total order.
Thank you again for supporting the many efforts to ensure Merica House continues to be an accessible and affordable housing opportunity for adults with severe physical disabilities.
by Annette Porter
“And He Will Raise You Up on Eagles Wings”
The Eagle who soars in the sun. The white tipped wings do not move but nevertheless, there is joy in the eagle as it dips up and down to it’s highest height.
Sean, himself, chose for his funeral the song “He Will Raise You Up on Eagles Wings”. He was so much like the eagle. While his “wings” did not move, his life was filled with the fullness of the spirit of unconditional love for others. He spoke with his eyes, his head, and his computer, words of comfort and love. Things of this world, like Sean’s handicapping conditions, will try to steal a person’s effectiveness. But Sean did not allow this to happen to him. The joy in Sean’s spirit was evident to all despite the circumstances that surrounded his life. He saw purpose in this world, and his place in it.
Sean’s Christianity was always a big part of his life. I can remember attending Sean’s Confirmation in the Catholic Church. Going to church was very important to Sean, and he quickly developed close relationships with many of the priests. One of Sean’s lifelong desires was to become a priest himself. While he knew this was not possible, he did know that he was able to pray for many people, and did so.
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Merica House, a residence for the physically disabled located in Falls Church, Virginia, has a vacancy. The applicant must be over 18 yrs of age and capable of directing their care. Applicant must have or be eligible for the EDCD waiver or can bring their own attendant. Round the clock care is provided for EDCD eligible individuals. Section 8 vouchers (Virginia CHoice) are accepted. For application or more details, please call 703 671-7991.
I want to thank you all for coming here to celebrate the life of a most extraordinary individual.
Last Tuesday evening, as I was driving on Glen Carlyn Road in Falls Church, I found myself thinking about what I might say today. It had been six days since Sean died. I came to a stop at a red light, positioned behind an SUV. The SUV had a vanity plate which read “MEGASML” I quickly translated it as “Mega Smile.” I then thought to myself, “That’s not right. Sean was the one who had the Mega Smile.
You all know Sean. He was funny, kind, hopeful, and possessed the ability to laugh at himself. He was patient and smart and insightful. And he had that GLORIOUS smile, the Mega Smile, if you will.
In my capacity as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, I had the pleasure of bringing Holy Communion to Sean – in the form of a few drops of the Precious Blood – on Sunday mornings.
It was always an adventure entering Merica House on Sundays. I never knew how many questions Sean would have stored up in his computer and what those questions would be. The questions could be as simple as, “Are you going to bring ashes on Ash Wednesday?” Other questions were more philosophical. Whatever the subject, Sean’s questions were usually a challenge.
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