The Russell Home family
The Russell Home for Atypical Children and Adults has been in existence in Orlando, Florida for over 55 years. Vantrease “Grandma” Russell had a heart of gold. With just a small home, she took in children no one else would even think of taking in. The children others would consider as “difficult” were children she felt just needed someone to understand them.
Raising a special needs child often splits up a family, due to the challenges involved. Mrs. Russell did not see any of these children as challenges, but instead she saw them as souls who needed extra love.
As children continued to arrive, she saw the need to enlarge the home. Grandma Russell passed away years ago, but the home is being run by the third generation of her family. Today that home is under construction. Circle Christian School students have led the Central Florida community in obtaining funds to rebuild the home by organizing 5K’s and Fall Festivals.