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When No One Seemingly Cares Someone Indeed Cares Enough | DDadvocates.com

One of the sad realities of group home living is that some residents outlive their family members or have family members who are no longer involved or are minimally involved with their lives.

The good news to this sad reality, however, is that there are special groups and individuals in the community who reach out in love to support and encourage these residents. A wonderful example is the Resurrection Parish of Canton which has formed a special relationship with those Community Opportunity Center residents with little or no family involvement.

Three families from Resurrection Church, a church which long has supported COC through its annual Christmas Giving Tree, reached out to COC and asked how they could become more involved with residents of Plymouth Opportunity House. These volunteers wanted to instill in the minds and hearts of their own young children the value of helping others.

After being approached by these three families, COC identified 12 men and women who have limited or no family involvement who would be willing to spend time with the volunteer families. These special community volunteers have visited the homes where the 12 men and women live, they always remember each person on their birthday, and for each holiday and at other times during the year they organize very enjoyable activities that engage the 12 residents and the families.

The children of these three families, who initially were standoffish and shy, are now very comfortable and friendly with their new friends. “The families and their children have been very generous and kind and, without a doubt, everyone looks forward to the time they spend together,” says Denise King, COC Executive Director. 

Resurrection Parish, located on Warren between Beck and Ridge Roads in Canton, since its inception in 1990 has strived to serve and build a strong sense of community among its 650 families. By reaching out to the community, Resurrection has become a caring, cohesive and viable faith community.

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