Chuk Pitts

"It's as if I built the perfect place. This place is just exactly what I needed."

For Chuk, "Anderson Parkway" has been a blessing. He's had many different homes in his life, from the projects in Quincy, MA to rural Vermont, even living in Decker Towers in Burlington before settling into South Burlington Community Housing nearly a year and a half ago. Chuck suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy that has, in his words, "liberated" him to a wheelchair.

"It sounds like that would be a step backwards, like 'Oh my god, I'm in a wheelchair,' but it actually was pretty liberating because I was like 'Well, now I have the energy to get through a day, so this is pretty liberating. I can go as far as this chair will take me.'" 

Chuck is an active member of the community; he doesn't let his disability slow him down. He serves on the Board of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, and he enjoys playing power soccer and doing adaptive sailing in the summer months.

The difference between the other places that he's lived and Anderson Parkway is that now he doesn't have to worry about struggling through the basic parts of his routine to get his day started and to wind it down. With the Visiting Nurses Association in the building 24/7, Chuk can receive whatever help he needs whenever he needs it. His room also has a track system built into the ceiling so that he can hoist himself into and out of bed on his own. 

 

"It's just a building with people who happen to be physically disabled. We're just like everybody else....It's just another building." Though Chuk may say that its just like any other place, what his story tells us is that Anderson Parkway is indeed a very unique place. The services and care available to its residents allow them to live just like everybody else - independently - and that's what makes it so special."

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