Friendship Ark completes fifth home with help from friends

House for people with disabilities built by deacon and team

AMES — The completion of a fifth house serving the community of Ames doesn’t seem like a giant milestone, but for its five new residents, it’s a dream come true.

Five members of Friendship Ark Homes and Community Services will be living as a family in a shiny new house of their own. They will have 24/7 caregivers who, according to the mission statement, “cele­brate the uniqueness of adults with intellectual disabilities by providing homes and community services. They help core members reach their fullest potential through faith, family and friendship.”

It takes a town and a team to manage such a vision. No one can do such a big job alone. But that is where St. Cecilia Parish stepped into the vision with retired builder Deacon Alan Christy and his wife, Mary.

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