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February 26, 2006

Pelham-- Two groups dedicated to helping the less fortunate joined forces to open Pelham's first group home. The home will house several men, all who suffer from mental disabilities. Today, family members of the men toured the new house.

"This is going to be where my room is," says Mark Poitevint. Poitevint finally has his very own place to call home. "It's better living here on my own because I can depend on myself," he says.

Mark will share the house with three other men, who, like him, are mentally challenged.

"Today is a dream come true," says Emily Donnely. Her brother, Tim, will also live in the 3,000 square foot home. Her parents can no longer care for their severely handicapped son.

"They're at an age now, that it's not possible for them to do that anymore," she says.

Mitchell Baker Association for Retarded Citizens purchased the home, but Beth English, with Georgia's Easter S eals will help manage it.

"One of the things about this house that makes it so unique, is that it was constructed to be a group home," says English.

The house comes equipped with a ramp, but it doesn't stop there.

To make the room more accessible, the men will also have hand rails in the bathrooms, they'll also have a roll in shower.

"It's also on a beautiful lot, there's lots of room for recreational activities, they're right next to the ball field," says English.

Along with plenty of furniture, and spacious closets, Mark can't wait to settle in.

"I love it. It looks real good," he says.

While family members look forward to seeing their loved ones living a somewhat more normal life.

"We have prayed for a long time for something like this," says Donnely.

The Mitchell Baker Association for Retarded Citizens plans to open another group home next year in Camilla just for mentally challenged females.

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