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The Russell Home for Atypical* Children
is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
*Atypical… Those children with a special need, whether mental or physical.
The Russell Home was the first non-profit institution in the country for brain-damaged children. Today you would find quietly hanging in the home a dusty occupational license dated Nov. 13, 1951, when Mrs. Russell opened her home to the first child to “see if it would work out.” Since then, the home has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters, sometimes after hearing pleas from desperate parents, and in more than one instance, finding them just left on the doorstep.
The physical home consists of a nursery, dormitory wing, playrooms, living room areas, kitchen and large laundry room. The nursery, done up in bright colors with many posters and stuffed animals, is cheerful for the children. However, if your are ever fortunate enough to visit, bring plenty of tissue as you will find before the end of your visit you will not have a dry eye. The love that is in this home, expressed through the eyes, sounds, and smiles from the children will make you count your blessings for the simple things in life.
The Legacy of Grandma Russell
In 1967, the Russell Home became a nonprofit organization as well as the first residential facility in the country for brain-damaged children. Meet the remarkable and dedicated woman – who started this venture and volunteered 24 hours a day, seven days a week – within the Russell Home for Atypical Children, Inc.