June 18, 2020

Moving Forward at Merica House

As the COVID-19 opening phases start in Virginia, we’re happy to report that some of our residents have returned to Merica House after fully recuperating from the virus!

Additionally, we’ve had a great response to the fund raiser for PPE, and thank you for your awesome generosity and participation to this call to action!

As Summer begins her season in the Northern Virginia area, we are happy to see the residents and families at Merica House enjoy being back home where they are free to enjoy it however they please.

Thank you all for your love, kindness, and support.

Merica House Residents and Family

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

Whether its birthdays, public speaking or managing major construction projects around the house, the residents of Merica House are ready for a challenge or just to have some fun.  Below is a collage of photos from the last couple years showing their various adventures.   As COVID-19 wanes, we are all glad to start getting back to normal adventures again.  To read more about these adventures, see the latest newsletter.

Left to right: Cathy Parr speaks with National Nurses United, a group of advocates for nurses and veterans who supported Bernie Sanders in their cause.  She spoke about the challenges of the disabled.  Cathy speaks with students at Falls Church High School.  Deirdre and Matt celebrating her birthday with her beautiful new scarf.  Deridre, Matt and Cathy celebrating Deirdre’s birthday and some of the gifts she received.  Cathy as Ms. Fairfax County Ambassador.


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.

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.

We are a proud member of United Way of the National Capital Area #8245.  We are also a member of the Combined Federal Campaign #55797.

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