Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Adults with Down Syndrome to Get Home House Will Offer Some Independent Living

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Adults with Down Syndrome to Get Home House Will Offer Some Independent Living

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What began as a dream a decade ago is now a reality: TC House is ready to open, and some young adults with Down syndrome will soon call it home.

The home in Findlay will open later this month, and two of the four bedrooms will be filled -one by Chris McGough, 26, who is often called "the C in TC House."

The TC House Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 2005 to help young adults with Down syndrome achieve some independent living.

It was started by Steve McGough, Chris's father, and Tyler Palko, West Allegheny High School and University of Pittsburgh alumnus and Panthers quarterback.

Mr. Palko and Chris McGough became close friends during their time at West Allegheny High School.

The foundation purchased the property along Oakwood Lane in 2010. Ground was broken in March and it is slated to open to residents at the end of this month.

The organization has hosted golf outings for several years and other fundraisers to pay for the $560,000 project.

Some of the largest contributors to the cause have been Consol Energy, Industrial Scientific of Oakdale and Don's Appliances of Cranberry. Findlay officials waived building fees.

"Once it started, it seemed to come together in no time," Steve McGough said.

"TC House is something I started when I was in college and it's grown," Mr. Palko said. "It's the Taj Mahal to us."

Mr. Palko serves as chairman of the board of directors for TC House.

At the end of October, the 4,000-square-foot house will be ready for its first residents, Chris McGough and Scott Mahoney, 28.

"We're calling it semi-independent living," Steve McGough said.

Residents of the house will be helped by staff from Achieva, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that is the area's largest provider of comprehensive services and support for people with disabilities and their families.

TC House falls under the umbrella of Achieva's A Home of My Own project, which offers living arrangements for adults with disabilities who want to move out of their family homes. …

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