Council votes unanimously in support of cancer charity buying vacant home

- The vacant home at 200 South Chester Road in Swarthmore finally has a buyer after several years on the market.  On Monday, there was a unanimous vote (6-0) in support of the house being used for The Headstong Foundation. Opposition is discussing a possible appeal.

Cheryl Colleluori heads a charity called The Headstrong Foundation, which gives out-of-town cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay while in town for treatment.

"It gives people the opportunity to live, because you still need to live. You're uprooted from your community, from your family, from your job. You're coming here, you don't know a soul," she says.

Cheryl's son, Nick, founded the charity while fighting cancer himself.  He passed away 10 years ago. And now, his mom wants to help more people by adding a second housing facility.

The current home a few miles away can only host two families at a time, while this new one could accommodate seven families, or 14 people at a time.

But some neighbors are concerned.  

The property is zoned for a traditional single family home. People like Lisa Feehery say the cause is noble, but up to seven families in and out every couple of months has her worried about the traffic, parking, a precedent that could invite other group homes to move in, and concern for her son, who has autism.

"I really need to know my neighbors, so that they can know him, so that he can stay safe. Having that many people in one home, rotating through every six weeks, there's no possible way that I can get to know my neighbors," she tells Fox 29.  

Cheryl Colleluori, however, is confident they will make good neighbors.  

"We've tried to show that we are ready, willing, and able to do whatever we can to satisfy their concerns and their fears."

 

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