Posted: Mar 25, 2010 6:05 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Mar 25, 2010 6:05 PM
Goodwill has taken on a new venture. They opened a foster home for adults who age out of the foster system at 18.
The home is one of the first of it's kind and it's right here in Lafayette.
This house on Verot School Rd. isn't your typical home…it's a dream come true for teenagers in foster care.
"The dream is to provide a safe place for kids that are ageing out of foster care, who basically would be homeless," Sanndy Purgahn, Chief Executive Officer for Goodwill, said.
Kathey Boudreaux, Director of Research and Development for Goodwill, said "I've seen to many kids have to go to a homeless center, or back to a family that abused them and their getting in trouble and it just wasn't working."
GoodHome is a stepping stone, between foster home living and living on their own.
M_1-Standard super no bug.lyr 00217706(1-Standard super no bug.lyr)001-Standard super no bug.lyr - 00217706(1-Standard super no bug.lyr) MISSY LEDBETTER House Mom 5Goissy Ledbetter, the house mom, said "There's a need for it in the community and if we don't doing something about it now, then it is going to just keep getting worse."
GoodHome isn't just about providing a place to live; it's about teaching responsibility...like tending to a garden, where they will grow their own food."
"They will come out just like the rest of us and work the garden, and we'll eat what comes through the gardens," Ledbetter said.
The fruit of their labor would not be possible without Acadiana's generous giving.
Goodwill Chairman of the Board, Roy Holleman, said "Their donations go a long way.... where do the dollars go ...this is where the dollars go."
Purgahn added, "Those dollars turn into this home and this garden and feeding these kids.
Volunteers say they are in need of a riding lawn mower and other gardening supplies. Donations can be dropped off at their Verot School Road location.