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Interview with Janet Nixon – Nov. 16, 2009

November 16, 2009, interview with Janet Nixon, director of the Russell Home and daughter of the home’s founder  Vantrease Russell.

The Russell Home was the first non-profit institution in the country for brain-damaged children. Today you will  find quietly hanging in the home a dusty occupational license dated Nov. 13, 1951, when Mrs. Russell opened her home to the first child to “see if it would work out.” Since then, the home has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters, sometimes after hearing pleas from desperate parents, and in more than one instance, finding them just left on the doorstep.

The physical home consists of a nursery, dormitory wing, playrooms, living room areas, kitchen and large laundry room. The nursery, done up in bright colors with many posters and stuffed animals, is cheerful for the children. However, if your are ever fortunate enough to visit, bring plenty of tissue as  before the end of your visit you will not have  dry eyes. The love that is in this home, expressed through the eyes, sounds, and smiles from the children will make you count your blessings for the simple things in life.

 

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Russell Home Disney Mural

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Russell Home Hall

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Russell Home for Atypical Children - Brochure

Brochure for The Russell Home for Atypical Children on Holden Avenue in Orlando.

Russell Home for Atypical Children - Brochure

Brochure for The Russell Home for Atypical Children on Holden Avenue in Orlando.

Russell Home for Atypical Children - Brochure

Brochure for The Corner Rose Tea Room at The Russell Home for Atypical Children on Holden Avenue in Orlando.

Russell Home for Atypical Children - Corner Rose Tea Room

Brochure for The Corner Rose Tea Room at The Russell Home for Atypical Children on Holden Avenue in Orlando.

11-16-09 Janet Nixon Interview

11-16-09 interview with Janet Nixon, director of the Russell Home and daughter of the home's founder Vantrease Russell.

The Russell Home was the first non-profit institution in the country for brain-damaged children. Today you would find quietly hanging in the home a dusty occupational license dated Nov. 13, 1951, when Mrs. Russell opened her home to the first child to "see if it would work out." Since then, the home has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters, sometimes after hearing pleas from desperate parents, and in more than one instance, finding them just left on the doorstep.

The physical home consists of a nursery, dormitory wing, playrooms, living room areas, kitchen and large laundry room. The nursery, done up in bright colors with many posters and stuffed animals, is cheerful for the children. However, if your are ever fortunate enough to visit, bring plenty of tissue as you will find before the end of your visit you will not have a dry eye. The love that is in this home, expressed through the eyes, sounds, and smiles from the children will make you count your blessings for the simple things in life.




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