JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -A ground breaking ceremony took place on the property of Central Baptist Churchin Jonesboro on Monday.
City representatives and church members came out tocelebrate the beginning of construction of a new Family Care Ministry facility.
This project has been made possible through ArkansasBaptist Children's Homes, the Central Baptist Church and the Buck Rusherfamily.
David Perry, Executive Director of Arkansas BaptistChildren's Homes & Family Ministries, says this is a chance to keepfamilies together. "This is an opportunity to keep mothers withchildren," Perry said. "There are so many single mothers andsituations. Maybe they're behind on their rent or maybe they're about to beforeclosed on their home and they need a place to go. We want to help them begood parents and to be independent and productive members of society."
Mayor Harold Perrin says this is great for the city ofJonesboro. "This home will be for single parent ladies withchildren," Perrin said. "Things of this nature and that's an areawe've been looking at and trying to cover through our vision 2030. And thisfacility will specialize in that."
Perry says this new facility will be more than just aplace to live. "This will give us an opportunity to give them a place tolive at no cost to them and give them," Perry said. "It will alsogive them the opportunity to increase their education, learn vocational skills.This will be a place where they can be safe and secure and cared for andloved."
Perry says they are all excited to see ground finallybreaking on this project. "Now that this is actually happening,"Perry said. "We're just thrilled. We're so excited that we'll actually bea part of providing this kind of ministry here."
Perry says they will work to help mothers get back ontheir feet with whatever they need. "This is about women who need ahelping hand," Perry said. "The opportunity to kind of get back ontheir feet and to provide for their children and the resources will be numerousas we help these ladies find work, find transportation, learn parenting skillsand be able to be in the workforce and to be able to take care of themselvesand their children."
The project will cost around $750,000 and take eightmonths to complete. Once finished, Perry says it should house seven mothers andtheir children. It will be located on the grounds of the Central BaptistChurch.
For more information about Arkansas Baptist Children'sHomes, log onto this website.