JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes will open its first family care home in Jonesboro after breaking ground nearly two years ago.
The 7,000-square-foot facility will be home to single-parent mothers and their children while the moms build and implement plans to meet their life-long goals.
"The Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes has seven residential locations around the state, as well as counseling sites, and we offer residential programs for children from all different backgrounds," said ABC Homes Jonesboro Area Director James Barham.
The Jonesboro facility, located at 3600 Forest Hill Road, is the first to have residential programs for mothers.
"The goal is to keep the single mothers together with their children and be able to help them move toward independent living."
The facility is built to house up to seven families. The life programs are uniquely tailored to each mom.
"During the intake process she'll set educational goals. She may have some financial or vocational goals," said Barham.
"In general, what we hope to see whenever the mom is ready to graduate and move out of this program is that she is out of debt, she has her credit score up, she has a reliable car, a job that will pay the bills, and she's able to move out of here into a place of her choosing that's safe and healthy for her and her children."
To help with daily needs, a house manager will live with the families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"We just give God all the glory for this ministry and look forward to welcoming that first family into this new home," Barham said.
The first family will move in at the end of May. The dedication ceremony for the family care home is June 10 at 10 a.m.