SJ-R: Group home residents displaced by fire get new house

State Journal-Register coverage of community fundraising to assist UCP Land of Lincoln, including a $6,450 in emergency funding from United Way.

The three United Cerebral Palsy clients who lost everything when their group home was destroyed in a fire earlier this month moved into a new house Monday.

Their new home in the 2000 block of Scarbrough Road is only a few blocks from their old house at Hastings Road and Sangamon Avenue. People in the community have stepped forward to help the three men with clothes and other household needs since the Aug. 11 fire claimed everything in their former home.

Barney’s Furniture Inc., 2410 South Grand Ave. E., provided all of the furniture for the house; Sam’s Best Brands Plus, 3101 Lindbergh Blvd., donated a used washer and dryer; and members of the community donated about $10,000, said Brenda Yarnell, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln.