A celebration was held last week to mark the end of construction for a new and long-awaited residential home in Monterey Park for developmentally disabled adults.
More than 200 people — including several Monterey Park elected officials and supporters of MERCI, the nonprofit group responsible for project — attended the May 2 open house and ribbon cutting for the John and Mary’s Place Residential Home, located at 523 North Chandler.
$814,000 in federal HUD funds administered by the City of Monterey Park, loans, donations and grants were used to fund the Craftsman-style home named for John and Mary Duce.
“The home is a beautiful addition to Monterey Park, but funds are still needed for furnishings, bedding, towels, dishes and utensils,” said MERCI Executive Director Marta Escanuelas, explaining that more donations are needed to complete the construction of the classrooms and administration building portions of the project. MERCI has so far raised $40,000 of the $500,000 goal they have set.
MERCI says it will recognize donations of $10,000 or more by naming rooms in honor of the donating individual, organization or business. Donors of $100,000 or more will have building naming rights for one of the two buildings being constructed.
A group of parents of children with developmental disabilities from the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles formed MERCI in 1955 as a school because at that time there were no educational options for their children. The organization’s services have expanded over the years to include 111 developmentally disabled adults in day programs and residential homes. For more information, visit MERCI’s website at http://www.merci.org or contact Executive Director Marta Escañuelas at (626) 289-8817 or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.