via: The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland,

Work is under way on the newest Rose-Mary Center “Home of Our Future” in Parma Heights. The single-level facility will house six young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a highly skilled staff of caregivers.

Rose-Mary Center, Catholic Charities Housing Corp. and the Diocese of Cleveland Facilities Services hosted a groundbreaking celebration Oct. 30 at the site, 9349 W. Ridgewood Drive, Parma Heights.

RoseMaryCenterGroundbreaking2Gina Kerman, executive director of Rose-Mary Center, said four of the six young people who will live in the new home are relatives — three siblings and a cousin. “This is huge for them and their families,” she added.

Cost of the single-family home will be about $1 million. It is one of seven new homes designed to integrate children and young adults in community settings, rather than in large institutions.  Nine homes already are occupied. The ParmaHeights home is one of two being built new; five others are undergoing extensive renovations. More than three dozen children and young adults will be relocated from the Rose-Mary Center in Euclid.
Residents of the Parma Heights home “will be members of the community with their own yard, their own rooms, their own space . . . it’s exactly how every kid should live,” said Patrick Gareau, president and CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, which is working with Rose-Mary Center and other partners on the project.

Amber Gibbs of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, said children flourish when given choices in their everyday lives.

Larry Murtaugh, executive director of Catholic Charities Housing Corp. and Diocese of Cleveland Facilities Services, credited the city of Parma Heights for its support of the project.

“We are honored to welcome them to Parma Heights. All are welcome here,” said Mayor Michael Byrne.

“The Holy Father spoke about the importance of working together within the Church and other faiths. We can do much good and bring much goodness to the world,” said Bishop Richard Lennon. “And I see that here today. Thanks to all for doing what they’ve done and will continue to do.”