Area residents have a chance to support a Chelsea facility that provides specialized residential care for people with ALS and multiple sclerosis.

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation is holding its annual ALS and MS Walk for Living on Sunday, Sept. 25 to benefit the Leonard Florence Center for Living. The 2-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m at the center, 201 Captains Row on Admirals Hill.

The six-year-old center was the nation's first urban "Green House" skilled nursing residence for people with ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease – and MS. The Green House model offers a homey environment free of the institutional atmosphere of a traditional nursing home.


The Chelsea facility includes the Steve Sailing ALS Residence and the Slifka MS Residence, both of which opened with the center in 2010, and the Dapper McDonald ALS Residence, which opened in February. All three residences feature technology that provides residents a measure of independence.

Last year's Walk for Living attracted more than 1,000 participants. Matt Siegel, host of KISS 108's "Matty in the Morning," will return as MC of this year's event, which will include music, a barbecue, a petting zoo, and dance performances.

For more information, go to www.walkforliving.org.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.