CCCDD unveils renovations to 1st group home

Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled Assistant Residential Coordinator Tiffany Wilson, left, with group home residents (left to right) Lonnie Latch, Billy Abt, Willard Hudson, Richard Bland and Kenny Ray, and Direct Support Professionals Shannon Calhoun and Penny Brock. (Cayla Grace Murphy)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled (CCCDD) Executive Director Charese Morris on Thursday afternoon was thrilled to unveil finished renovations six months in the making on the organization’s first ever group home.

Board members, Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, representatives from nonprofits like the United Way of Cullman County and Flourish of Cullman, and several community members were welcomed in on a sunny afternoon to check out the refurbished kitchen, lounge and sleeping areas, as well as a completely renovated back patio space.

“Everything has turned out so beautiful, and we are so glad the community has come out to see our home!” shared Morris.

While community members were of course excited to see the newly decorated and refurbished space, none were as thrilled as the residents of the group home themselves. One by one they filed in and checked out their new rooms, uniquely curated to their own abilities and interests.

Shannon Calhoun, direct support professional for the group home, said he was so excited for the residents he serves to have a freshly updated space. “It really makes a difference for them to have something that was tailor-made just for them,” he said.

Tiffany Wilson, assistant residential coordinator, said the transformation was especially touching for her since she and her oldest son used to live in the apartment below the main house during her time as a house parent for the residents. “This house has my heart,” she shared. “My eldest son actually grew up with these guys, and he was blown away at how different it looks when he came and did a little sneak peek the other day.”

The group home, known in the CCCDD realm as the Nail House, was the organization’s first, established in 1995. Over the years a few renovations here and there were done, but the six-month project saw remodeled the walls, ceiling, electrical, plumbing, flooring, bathrooms and kitchen, resulting in a major facelift.

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