Tour Showcases Independent Spirit of Bishop Grady Villas

Bishop Grady Villas, an independent living community for adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, was established by Bishop Emeritus Norbert Dorsey in 2004 to support these individuals to use their God-given gifts to achieve greater independence, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth.
Bishop Grady Villas, an independent living community for adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, was established by Bishop Emeritus Norbert Dorsey in 2004 to support these individuals to use their God-given gifts to achieve greater independence, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth.

Currently there are 48 residents at Bishop Grady Villas and its annual fundraiser, the Harvest Ball, will be held on October 15 to provide scholarships for those in need. Table centerpieces for the Harvest Ball will be constructed by residents at a woodshop on the property and herbs grown by residents will be used for the meal.

Visitors can learn more about Bishop Grady Villas during the Our Place for Belonging Lunch Tours, which are usually held on a monthly basis. There will be two more tours in 2011 on September 28 and October 26. All tours begin at 12 p.m. and end promptly at 1 p.m.

“At this point our lunch tours are made up mostly of individuals who want more information on Bishop Grady Villas and our mission,” said Kevin Johnson, Executive Director of Bishop Grady Villas.

Johnson added that helping these residents live out the rest of their lives to their fullest potential is part of the Catholic mission of Bishop Grady Villas. “One of the most unique ways that Bishop Grady Villas’ Catholic identity is reflected is by bringing the Gospel of Life to our community,” he said. “The very fact that Bishop Grady Villas exists has been a comfort and encouragement to expecting parents who have been told that their unborn child may be born with Down syndrome.

“I’ve had the honor to provide tours to couples who are scared for the future of their unborn child and who have left comforted and hopeful after the opportunity to meet adults who are very happy and living fulfilled and independent lives,” said Johnson.

To schedule a tour or to obtain more information, call 407-892-6078.