Although its presence in the city of Solon is small right now, with just one group home on Solon Road, Welcome House is poised to play a significant role in a planned development for individuals with special needs.

The Westlake-based organization, which provides residential and community support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Cuyahoga County, has more than 47 years of experience and 47 homes throughout the county.

The organization would staff and provide property management services to Solon Community Living, pending ballot approval during the March 17 primary election. Solon residents are being asked to approve a new zoning concept that would pave the way for housing for individuals with special needs for about 4 acres at the southwest corner of Aurora Road and Portz Parkway.

“We are a lifeline to people (with disabilities) who want to live and have success in the community,” Tony Thomas, executive director of Welcome House, explained. “I don’t think 98 percent of people we support could survive in the community without an agency like Welcome House.”

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SOURCE: Sue Reid, Solon Times