We asked you to help The Life Center rebuild our “Little House” so we could open the doors of this unique home to young, single moms and their babies who are at risk of becoming homeless. And you did! This is the house Hernando County built! Thank you everyone who contributed in any way, great or small.
Turning Point Church of the Nazarene had offered to let TLC rebuild a little house on their property in exchange for three years free rent. The first question we had to answer was, “tear it down or build it back?”. Most people were in favor of a complete tear down. But then again, it was all we had so we went for it.
We explained this home would provide a sense of belonging through family-style living. We told you our house mother would mentor the moms who are so often lacking the personal and parenting skills to be self-sufficient as a young family. Now it has happen.
If you click on the TLC History tab on our home page, you will find an article from Hernando Today written in 2009 with a picture of the Little house at that time.
Remember that the success of The Life Center ultimately impacts society by protecting children, empowering mothers and strengthening families. We are very concerned about moms and babies who are homeless and living in Hernando County. We really wanted to help them ASAP. We wanted to provide basic shelter so the process of transitioning back into a productive lifestyle could begin. Our goal was to finish the house and have the county issue an occupancy permit. We worked on the inside. We worked on the outside. Volunteers came from everywhere. We used every resource offered.
New windows were purchased and installed. We had to learn what an “egress window” was. Habitat for Humanity sent over some 2x4s
The bathroom fixtures were provided by Scoto Plumbing. The house passed the first inspection. Another milestone behind us. Next we added a new plywood floor. The new plywood floor was covered in tile donated by Pay It Forward Farm. We learned to lay tile. We learned to grout tile.
It almost felt hopeless, but not entirely. The floor plans showed 3 bedrooms, a bath, kitchen and living room and if we held our heads just right and squinted, we could see that. Surely with God all things are possible – even this.
We piled up wood in the living room for the new handicap access ramp. A team of angels from Love Your Neighbor arrived bringing tools, labor and know how to build a ramp. We can never thank them enough.
Somebody Cares help a Carefest and helped out by digging the trench from the well to the house. A very hot job on a very hot day. Once the pipe was laid, the trench was covered over and forgotten. But we have never forgotten their help.The workers got down and dirty. Holes were dug, cement was mixed, wood was sawn. The team of volunteers did it all.
We believed that eventually our door would be open for young homeless moms and their infants. And sure enough, it was.
Right around Christmas time in 2012 we held our Hernando Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. Soon afterwards we interviewed our first mom. She had two toddlers and another baby on the way. She said, “Where would I go if TLC was not here?” We still don’t have an answer to that question. We are just glad we are here.