ABCHomes breaks ground on home for single moms in Northwest Arkansas
Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes) is expanding its ministry to meet the needs of single mothers and their children in Northwest Arkansas.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Dec. 19 for the ABCHomes Family Care Home on the grounds of Cross Church, Springdale. The Home will assist single-parent mothers and their children through residential group care, mentoring, financial planning, teaching, counseling and referral to valuable community resources.
The Hall family of Springdale donated funding for the construction of the home, while Cross Church donated the land to ABCHomes for the ministry.
In attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony were more than 50 community supporters and leaders, including Gov. Asa Hutchison, U.S. Congressman Steve Womack, State Rep. Robin Hall Lundstrum and Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse. Also attending the event were several members of the Hall family. Addressing the crowd, Gov. Hutchinson praised the new project, adding that the home can help“keep more families tougher. It will give moms confidence and give them hope. It will give moms a chance to change their circumstances in life ...”
Cross Church Senior Pastor Ronnie Floyd said his church is honored to take part in the ministry to single mothers and their children. “We have a unique opportunity to demonstrate true Christian compassion and true Christians mercy.”
“This is a big need, and its a big need for a faith based community tp step up, and as a Christian this is important to our family that we walk beside someone during their time of need,” said Robin Lundstrum, who’s mother was the main donor for the new family care home.
The focus of the ministry is on long-term quality of life improvements, not on temporary solutions, stressed David Perry, ABCHomes executive director. “The program will seek to restore families with hope, comfort and shelter while they locate the resources they need to move toward successful independent living,” shared Perry.
Perry added, “Relief and assistance will be provided to single-mothers from all walks of life so they can focus on resolving their individual crisis and temporary family instability. While the mother works toward setting goals with the guidance of dedicated and supportive staff, she lives in a comfortable residential setting with her children.”
The 7,000 square-foot Home will house up to seven mothers and their children and will include live-in case managers. The Home will employ a staff of three.
ABCHomes staff will offer supportive counsel for every mother and child. Assistance will be provided in goal setting, budgeting, parenting, homemaking, spiritual growth and relationship building.
For information on the Home, email Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-376-4791, ext. 5167.