305 8th Street Offers Family Environment for Disabled Adults

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's a good feeling to be a part of a family and to have a place to call your own. One organization in Huntsville is doing just that for disabled adults.

Sixteen people consider 305 8th Street home. The adults who live there don't qualify to receive state assistance, but they are receiving a chance to grow and have a family.

At 305 8th Street, you can feel the love the moment you walk in the door. Executive Director Andrea Williams, and several of the residents, showed WHNT News 19 around the place.

"My granny and granddaddy ran 305 8th Street for 25 years," explains Williams. "Everyday after school, I'd come over here and knew many of the residents. I never grew up thinking I'm going to run 8th Street. One day, it just sort of happened and God called me to do it."

From the youngest resident at age 21 to the oldest at age 80, everyone has a warm bed to sleep in at night and a chore.

"It keeps up the pride of the home," says Williams.

Artwork is on display.

"It ranges from all types of work," describes Williams. "Different types of media, to jewelry to pottery. When the art sells, 25% of the proceeds benefit the home."

There's a man cave downstairs and upstairs, a place for the women of the house called the "Ladies Loft." There's even a garden.

Nine staff members maintain the 6,000 square foot home, which was built in 1949. They cook, clean, do laundry, yard work and everything a homeowner would be responsible for. That also includes managing the finances.

"We don't get any state or federal funding," says Williams. "We serve a diverse population and for whatever reason, they fall through the cracks of getting state assistance and as an organization, we do too."

With this much house, there's always a need for basic household items, like laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies.

WHNT NEW 19 presented Williams with $319. The cash was just in time. They had run out of laundry detergent two days before we showed up.

"This is exciting," says Williams. "Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! We'll get plenty of laundry detergent with this."

If you want to help, you can bring a donation by the home from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Williams says they have a motto when it comes to shopping for household products. Instead of "buy one, get one free", they encourage you to "buy one and give one to 305 8th Street."

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