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Let’s not go back  to ‘poor houses’

To the editor:

Many years ago all across this country there were establishments that were referred to as “poor houses” where the elderly and the disabled were confined to languish under horrible conditions until they passed on.

Eventually these places were outlawed and abolished.

Then nursing homes appeared to take the place of the poorhouses that no longer existed. Under constant surveillance by different groups who care, it has been determined that for the most part these so-called nursing homes are lacking in performance and care.

They are not much better than the infamous poorhouses of the past

Thankfully today there are organizations like Stavros Center for Independent Living without benefit of either fanfare or publication make diligent and concerned efforts to rescue as many disabled and elderly people from these places and put them back into a societal atmosphere that restores their dignity pride and confidence and there are so many who need this assistance.

Stavros can’t help them all that they make every effort to help as many as they can.

Peter Ramos

Northampton

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