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Marian Homes acquires fifth group home for the intellectually disabled

Marian Homes Inc. has acquired its fifth group home for people with intellectual disabilities. “Our Lady of Light House,” located on Holborn Avenue in Annandale, will become home to five adult men with intellectual disabilities.

Marian Homes is a non-profit corporation established by the St. Mary of Sorrows Knights of Columbus Council No. 8600 to purchase and maintain group homes for persons with intellectual disabilities. Its first group home, “Marian House,” dedicated in August 1998, is home to five women living together in a family-like environment.

Regina House” is home to five men living in a family environment. In June 2015, five men moved into the third home, “Queen of Peace.” The fourth home, “Mother of Mercy,” is home to five men.

“We believe each person is created in the image and likeness of God, is worthy of respect, has dignity and value, and is deserving of a home in a safe, loving environment,” said Father James Barkett, pastor of St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax.

Once volunteers complete demolition at the new home, a contractor will complete the required work. All of the homes are operated in partnership with CHIMES, an international non-profit organization. Marian Homes is entirely volunteer-based; there are no paid employees. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017