Are disabled children a “nuisance” in Univeristy Park neighborhood whose health care could get a homeowner fined? Linda Rivera is about to find out.
Here is a map of the neighborhood and an aerial photo of her home on tiny Saint Augustine Court cul de sac:
Rivera was summoned before the University Park Homeowners Association Board to explain all the comings-and-goings at her home. Neighbors complained that Rivera must be running a business from her home.
Rivera’s only business is helping disabled children — her own and many others. She is so devoted that in 1998 she co-founded Zach’s Place. Over the years, she has met disabled children with no families and “fallen in love” with them. She adopted two and became guardians for two foster children.
Because of their disabilities — brain injuries, Down syndrome and other issues — the children require constant medical supervision. Here’s a letter.pdf from Maxim Healthcare Services confirming their conditions.
Rivera is offended by the letter she received from accusing her of running a business — a charge she denies. And she just wishes a board member had simply called her and asked about the traffic before ordering her to a hearing. Read the letter from Z&R Management: zr-management.pdf