Watch

Take Me Home: A Grotto Short Film

Creator:
Published:
December 5, 2023
December 12, 2022
Watch this mini-documentary about a community about friends that become family.

Welcome to the loving community of Sharing Meadows. Made up of five villages, this 185-acre land is home to other-abled adults. Over 20 years ago, Father Dennis Blaney started the SHARE Foundation to help parents and families of other-abled individuals. Today, Sharing Meadows provides housing, community, and work for all their residents. Mary, a resident, shares how living at Sharing Meadows has impacted her:

“When I moved here, I really knew I had friends," she says. “We all laugh together, cry together, it’s great. We’re a big, happy family.”

Video Transcript

Take Me Home

Mary: Whoa. Windy. Now we got to go back to work. Now, back to work. I got to go back to work. Okay. Bye-bye.

Bill: Good? Okay.

So we have five villages. In each village are three homes, and they're all labeled by a letter. And so, with Mary — Mary lives in “F” house. And so we have the five villages, 15 homes, for a total of 30 residents for the entire community.

David: Come here. Meet my friend. Come.

Producer Kevin: All right.

David: I'm going to see my friend, Michael. You know Mike? Come here.

This is my friend, Michael Grant. This is my housemate. Mike is a good guy.

Michael Grant: For a long, long time.

Dawn: I live in house “B.”

Producer Kevin: House B?

Dawn: Yeah. This is my housemate, Lori.

Producer Kevin: Hi, Lori.

Lori: Hi.

Producer Kevin: This is your workspace?

Mary: Yes it is. It’s where we make our jewelry. This is one of the pieces that I did yesterday that one of the stewards approves, and then we put them on string, and then we make our famous necklaces. This is one I did a couple days ago, which I think is very pretty. It's real. We use real genuine beads. I mean, we use the real stuff. Making necklaces and seeing people smile makes me very happy. I really enjoy doing this. I'm so glad to be up here. It is my favorite job.

John Kovacik: I'm John Kovacik. I live at Sharing Meadows, and I make soap in the soap-making room. We make all kinds of soap. We make — sometimes we would make honey oatmeal, honey and oatmeal, cranberry fig, lavender, mint, antibacterial sports bar soap. And then I started packaging it, and then I learned how to seal the soap too. And then I labeled it too. This is cranberry fig soap. That's how you get cranberry fig soap.

Producer Kevin: Wow, so you do the whole process, start to finish?

John: Yeah. How about it?

Bill: So you put your left foot down, and it pops that open. Okay. And then you flip it back.

Elizabeth: Yeah.

Producer Kevin: It goes…you're tying it here.

Sr. Theopista: I'm wrapping, then I go to threading. And then the third one is sleying. Then, when I finish sleying, it's ready for weaving.

Bill: Did you make that one?

Elizabeth: Yeah. I made all of them in here.

Mary: When I lived at home, I had nobody. I had nobody. But when I moved here, I mean, I really knew I had friends. And I really, I love all my friends here. There's no greater feeling than that, there really isn't — but to have friends who love you and care for you. There's no greater feeling. We all laugh together, cry together. I mean, it's great. We're a big, happy family.

John 2: How you doing? We're making eggplant parmesan lasagna —

Producer Kevin: Perfect.

John 2: — with sausage, mushrooms, and pepperoni.

Just sprinkle it all over the top, okay?

Bill: One thing that Father Blaney wanted to accomplish was to create a family setting. We have live-in caregivers. In each home, there's two residents with a live-in caregiver. People with intellectual disabilities are severely underserved throughout the country. And to have an organization like SHARE, that is its own community, is so unique. They have that ability to not have to worry about the busy streets or people coming in and out, but they have that security to be able to have their own life and have their own responsibilities. So, it's really awesome.

Mary: Have a good day, you guys.

Bill: Thanks, Mary. Great job. I'm so proud of you. Well done.

Mary: There’s a bees nest by the door, too.

Bill: Okay. I'll take care of it.

Mary: Come on in. Turn on a light. Okay. This is my house. We got all new hardwood floors, which is great. We love them a lot. The kitchen's great. It's huge. We love the kitchen. It's amazing. I'll show you our new walk-in shower because that's really cool.

(Dawn performs a lip sync performance of “Take Me Home”)

Creators:
Grotto
Published:
December 5, 2023
December 12, 2022
On a related note...
Priests and Bishops Prepare for Super Bowl LII

Priests and Bishops Prepare for Super Bowl LII

Grotto Shares

Inspired By His Sister With Sickle Cell Anemia

Inspired By His Sister With Sickle Cell Anemia

Grotto

Saying 'Yes' to the Stranger in Need

Saying 'Yes' to the Stranger in Need

James Murphy

The Power of Feeling "Known"

The Power of Feeling "Known"

Mary Cunningham

Raising Awareness to Prevent Drowning

Raising Awareness to Prevent Drowning

Grotto

How Canceling My Credit Cards Changed the Way I See Credit

How Canceling My Credit Cards Changed the Way I See Credit

Renée Roden

A Road Trip with the Heart of St. John Vianney

A Road Trip with the Heart of St. John Vianney

Evan Holguin

Preparing Young Actors to Change the World

Preparing Young Actors to Change the World

Grotto

5 Things That Should be Banned from a Man's Closet

5 Things That Should be Banned from a Man's Closet

Koji de Ramos

How to Settle into a New Neighborhood

How to Settle into a New Neighborhood

Clare Rahner

Why Gardening Should Be Your New Hobby

Why Gardening Should Be Your New Hobby

Caitlan Rangel

Artists Need Us to Use AI Responsibly — Here’s How To Do It

Artists Need Us to Use AI Responsibly — Here’s How To Do It

Molly Cruitt

"Return to Northwest Hudson"

"Return to Northwest Hudson"

Marty Moran

Creative Magic Behind Chicago’s Improv Comedy

Creative Magic Behind Chicago’s Improv Comedy

Grotto

The Benefits of Raising Children with a Digital Village

The Benefits of Raising Children with a Digital Village

Laura MacLean Reynolds

How Welding is Transforming Lives in Skid Row

How Welding is Transforming Lives in Skid Row

Grotto

Step Into Fall With These Cozy Drink Recipes

Step Into Fall With These Cozy Drink Recipes

Lauren Lawson

Artist Brings Beauty to Skid Row

Artist Brings Beauty to Skid Row

Grotto

A Commitment to Radical Kinship

A Commitment to Radical Kinship

Stephanie DePrez

#RejuvenateTheChurch Spotify Playlist | #GrottoMusic

#RejuvenateTheChurch Spotify Playlist | #GrottoMusic

Grotto

newsletter

We’d love to be pals.

Sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll meet you in your inbox each week.