LINDALE (KYTX) - Teen girls who've been abused, neglected, or abandoned have new hope tonight with the groundbreaking for Hope Haven of East Texas. The non-profit is building a long term facility for those girls 13-17 in our area.
More than 400,000 children are in foster care right now and many of those kids will be bounced from home to home, but for girls here in East Texas that will hopefully no longer be the case thanks to Hope Haven.
“It is absolutely amazing. It’s a miracle,” said Hope Haven Founder Lisa Ferguson.
Ferguson says she came up with the idea of building a long term home for foster girls because of her past.
“I grew up in a dysfunctional home and had a rough childhood,” explained Ferguson.
With the help of her friends and the community she turned her life around and started working with girls at a shelter.
“When I walked through the door I knew that was the purpose of my life. That the pain in my life was meant to help those girls,” Ferguson said.
The home is more than 7,000 square feet and will have 10 bedrooms for both the girls and staff members who will help with day to day activities.
“This has been a growing vision for 4 years and to see if finally begin to transfer from theoretical to reality has just been an amazing opportunity and experience,” said Chairman Paul Christman.
The home has been fully funded by individual and corporate donors in addition to a variety of annual fundraisers. For Ferguson, she's just happy her dream is finally becoming a reality.
“That’s my love, that's my first love, teaching those girls,” Ferguson said.
The new home will be able to house 10 girls and it's expected to be ready no later than November.