POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The Bridge of Hope in Pocahontas is just months away from opening their doors to foster children in Region 8.
Once complete, they will house six teenage foster boys.
"Statistically, it's very difficult for teenagers to be adopted," Robie Harvey told Region 8 News.
She would know. She was adopted at 15.
"I had given up hope," Harvey said. "I was in the system for 5 years. Hope was gone."
That's why she and her husband decided to serve as house parents at Bridge of Hope.
"The way God has brought this together is just unreal," she said.
Harvey said she and her husband recently put their home on the market so that they could move into the home.
It was only listed for two days before someone made an offer.
"Actually, a family with a little girl who donated all of her birthday money, twice now, to give to the Bridge of Hope," Harvey said.
It's not just the timing that's played out well for the group though. Harvey said they've received a tremendous amount of donations and support from the community.
"It just kind of gives us affirmation that this is what is supposed to happen," Harvey said.
Thursday, Kohl's "Associates in Action" did their part by planting flowers and painting walls.
Kohl's Cares also donated $1,500 to Bridge of Hope.
Harvey said the money will go toward school clothes for the boys.
"It doesn't erase all the pain that they've had but it helps. It's a step in the right direction," Harvey said. "We don't think that just moving to a new place and having new clothes fixes the hurt and the pain. It doesn't...but it all helps."
Harvey said they plan to be open July 31.
Already, 50% of what they'll need to fund the home once it opens has been donated by the community through monthly donations.
Harvey said if you'd like to help out, even if it's just $5 a month, visit the Bridge of Hope website.
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