Farmer challenges others to help build homes for disabled

May 18, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

When Kathleen and Ron Pemberton are gone, they want to make sure that their son, Morgan, has a home.

They hope local farmers will pitch in to make sure that their son and other disabled children with aging parents will always have a place to stay.

The Pembertons are members of the Special People's Advocacy Network. The group hopes to build eight to 10 homes for children of aging parents, who have taken care of their disabled children all of their lives but won't always be able.

The group has land to build the homes. What they need is money for construction, and then an on-going supply of funds to hire a staff.


Here is where the Pembertons are hoping to get farmers' help.

Kenny Stamper, who owns Stamper Farms, has known the Pembertons and Morgan for years. He has a spring black Angus steer at his place that he will auction at the Boyle County Stockyards in the fall. All of the profit from the sale will go to SPAN.

Stamper wants to challenge his friends and neighbors to do the same. Farmers can either make a one-time donation for construction of homes, or with a promise to donate every year, the money can be used as a trust fund to hire staff to take care of the children.

It's not all about cattle. Stamper said that they could agree to donate a few bushels of soybeans, corn or any other agriculture product.

SPAN wants to provide housing for more than 3,000 disabled persons

SPAN wants to provide housing for the more than 3,000 disabled persons, like Morgan Pemberton, in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer.

Morgan has clear, blue eyes. He loves to go for rides in the car, shop and eat at Golden Corral, Bread of Life and the Dairy Dip. When they get close to a favorite restaurant, Morgan gets excited and puts on his hat. He has spent all of his 35 years with his parents.

"Our plan is to keep Morgan as long as we can," Ron Pemberton said.

The couple have started to worry, though. Pemberton has had heart surgery, and his wife's arthritis has gotten worse. They think they've got another 30 years in them, but after that fear that they won't be able to take care of Morgan anymore.

He is severely disabled and requires 24-hour care.

The Pembertons hope that when the time comes there will be a place here for their son.

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