Elderly Iowa man finds his forever home.

Published: Oct. 26, 2017 at 2:46 PM CDT
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A 69-year-old man in Iowa with intellectual disabilities has never had a permanent place to call home.

Now, after decades of bouncing between temporary homes, he is finally where he truly belongs. Homer Williams Jr. has found his little piece of heaven on an Iowan farm. He spends his days with the animals, playing music and enjoying the company of his new family, Michelle and Alan Vry.

Michelle says having Williams live with them is an honor, “We don’t just get the privilege of keeping Homer in our home for good....we get the honor of keeping Homer in our home for good."

The Vry’s say they never expected they would add to the family after their two children grew up and moved out, but when they learned a local organization call Mosaic was looking for host families for intellectually disabled adults, they became interested.

Michelle Vry says, “It was kind of a calling, and when it happened, I knew it was right.”

Homer has been living with the Vry’s for just over a month. They say the addition to the family couldn’t have felt more right.

Homer says he now has the family he’s always dreamed of, and the Vry’s have a new life with a man they’ve come to love.

Michelle says, "The change it's made in my life after having Homer in our home is....I am so much more grateful for everything that I have that I've taken for granted. The joy that I get to see on his face every day is a new experience. Things he has never been able to witness, things he's never seen, things he's never done. He is funny, I laugh more than I have ever laughed before."

Mosaic says it has placed about 85 adults in central Iowa.