All photography provided by the Leonard Florence Center for Living. 

The Dapper McDonald ALS Residence, founded in January 2016 and located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, provides a home and medical assistance to ALS patients (pALS) from across the United States.


Our Mission

Dapper's House, funded by The Dapper McDonald Charitable Foundation, supports patients and families impacted by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Lou Gehrig's disease) and other neurodegenerative diseases by providing funding for state-of-the-art patient residences. 

I custom-designed an environmental control system and hired a great company to build it. Over $500,000 was invested in our automation system specifically for the disabled. Now anything on our home that runs on electricity can be controlled by eye movement or even brainwaves.
— Steve Saling, accomplished architect, person with ALS (pALS) since 2004, co-visionary for the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) and an original resident

This community brings together people with rare and challenging diseases. The cadre of caregivers and professionals have become a storehouse of knowledge, putting to work every resource to improve our lives in ways large and small. The sky is the limit here. I have already witnessed things I didn’t know were possible.
— Dustin Howes, Ph.D., Louisiana State University's Kriskovich Distinguished Professor of Political Science, pALS since 2013, resident since April 2016