Woman Steps in to Help Provide Local Housing, Services for the Disabled

By Kearns, Lyn J. | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 3, 2008 | Go to article overview

Woman Steps in to Help Provide Local Housing, Services for the Disabled


Kearns, Lyn J., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Lyn J. Kearns Daily Herald correspondent

Anita Morse saw a need for housing for people with disabilities in the North and Northwest suburbs, and has been volunteering with Resources for Community Living ever since it opened more than 13 years ago.

The McHenry resident makes the trip to the Rolling Meadows office nearly every day to help keep RCL running smoothly.

She has a daughter with disabilities who found an apartment and roommate with the help of an agency called Shared Housing for Special Populations sponsored by the Arlington Heights Senior Center.

In 1994, RCL separated from that parent agency and even though her daughter now has her own apartment, Morse remains active with RCL.

"I am very aware and grateful for what RCL has done for my daughter, and know what they do for the other clients. I want to give back by helping out so that other disabled people can have the same type of help that my daughter has received," Morse said. "Most of their clients are people that would fall through the cracks if it werent for RCL because they dont fit the criteria for permanent residential living."

Resources for Family Livings mission: to offer adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities opportunities to achieve greater self-esteem, dignity and participation in all aspects of community life through affordable housing options, individualized skill instruction and necessary support services.

The agency helps individuals with housing, rent subsidies, social contact and skills such as money management, public transportation and cooking. …

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