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Proposed Group Home Would Help Men With Disabilities

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By Adam Ghassemi

BETHPAGE, Tenn. – A crew was busy Friday giving an old house a makeover. Pastor Joe Moore hopes it will become a place ten men will call home.

"Some people don't know how to wash their clothes and some people don't know how to pay their bills. They've never had a job. They've never lived alone," he said.

Moore is president of Biblical Concepts, a faith-based organization, aimed at helping people with disabilities become more independent.

An adult with mental or developmental challenges who has grown up with a parent is example of a possible tenant, Moore said. They must be on disability, and are often left with no where else to go when parents or loved one pass away.

"If you have a bedroom with two individuals one of them maybe has never lived outside of with his mother his whole life. That's a big thing for somebody to do, to learn how to share a bedroom and then to learn how to share a house with multiple people," Moore said.

Each resident would be able to go and come as they please to attend vocational rehab, school or other programs, and return for socialization, balanced meals and support.

"If you have a bedroom with two individuals one of them maybe has never lived outside of with his mother his whole life. That's a big thing for somebody to do, to learn how to share a bedroom and then to learn how to share a house with multiple people," Moore said.

The proposed home is at 405 Fairfield Road in Bethpage. If permitted, it would become the group's second Sumner County facility. They operate a similar facility in Castalian Springs with 24/7 supervision. The Bethpage home would be similar, if approved.

Moore, and father-in-law Jennings Hyde, say they never received backlash while opening their first location. They attribute the nervousness to the timing weeks after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Sumner County School Board Member David Brown says he's heard from people who are worried the facility could grow larger, and is too close to nearby schools, churches and homes.

"Nobody has any objection to a person wanting to do better," Brown said. "These people all around this area they just do not like that situation the way it's shaping up and the way it was presented to them."

Moore insists the people who would live here are not ex-cons, or people with violent histories. They're just folks who need a chance at real lives, and hopefully a home to get one.

"It's not just a group of monsters that somebody is looking to stick somewhere. It's human beings that have to find a way to function in the society that we live in," Moore went on to say.

The Sumner County Zoning Board of Appeals is holding a public hearing on Thursday January, 10th at 6 p.m. at the Sumner County Administration Building, Room 112 at 355 North Belvedere Drive in Gallatin to consider granting Biblical Concepts a permit.

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