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Amy Thomas

Apr 19, 2018Russell Home History

Letter from Amy’s Mother

The Russell Home for Atypical Children has been a special part of my life for over 40 years. Life radically changes when you have a child that is born with special needs. You become emotionally and physically drained, isolated and often have an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. It was under these circumstances that we became acquainted with “Grandma Russell.”

Over the years, Mrs. Russell and her staff have invested countless hours in the lives of many. Through their training, teaching and nurturing, my daughter has developed beyond my expectations. Her self-worth and independence are both results of their efforts. Like other residents of the “home”, my daughter is happy, good-natured, and has a wonderful disposition.

Mrs. Russell’s daughters carried on their mother’s work and now the granddaughters! They strive to meet each person’s physical and emotional needs. The atmosphere is a pleasant and can be enjoyed by visitors, family and friends. It is also a place of comfort, security and fun.

I owe a debt of gratitude to all of those who have cared for my daughter over the years at the Russell Home. They endured much in my behalf. They have been a blessing to my family.

Dee Thomas

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