There's been a turnabout among many of the neighbors near a group home for the mentally handicapped in Richfield as good deeds have replaced some of the animosity.

When plans to locate a group home in the southwest sector of the city were announced by Trail Inc., petitions surfaced and residents packed the city council chambers at a meeting. Many of the parents feared for their children because they thought the home would house criminal mental patients."The warm welcome we've received in the neighborhood has been overwhelming," stated an open letter to Richfield residents. It was signed by residents of the group home, the house parent, Kerry Daniels, and Kenneth Beardall, Trail executive director. "The baked goods brought by many visitors have really brightened our residents' hectic, challenging first days here."

Officials said household items were donated.

"Perhaps the most touching gesture was the beautiful flowers brought to the women in our home by two young neighborhood girls," the letter said.