You gotta hand it to people like George and Martha Fox.
They’re people who don’t just complain about government inertia, they develop a better system that could benefit everyone.
The Foxes, along with some dedicated friends, have initiated the Dundas Living Centre, a home for developmentally challenged adults.
There are more than 12,000 people in Ontario like the Foxes son Matthew, who need this kind of support.
In fact, the Dundas Living Centre has a potential deal with the Sisters of St. Joseph to utilize part of their convent in Waterdown .
The problem is, the government won’t kick in the million or so dollars required for operational costs.
The government’s refusal is essentially that the Dundas Living Centre is not part of the government’s antiquated and underfunded system, so they don’t qualify.
It’s a feeble excuse.
People like the Foxes provide the love and support for their adult sons and daughters , but they need help.
Right now, the only way their son Matthew can qualify for government help is when both his parents pass on.
That’s just not right.
The Dundas Living Centre can serve as a template for providing care and support for challenged adults .
People like Matthew Fox have a right to live and work in their community, near their family and friends.
The government needs to step up and show people like Matthew that they matter too.