VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– After breaking ground in October 2020, the Knox County Isaiah 1:17 House is almost ready to welcome children awaiting foster care placements.
Jacquelyn Cunningham, House Expansion Coordinator for the transitional home, said the community has stepped up to help them get the home ready.
“Walls went up quickly. It was pretty incredible,” she said. “We had some amazing volunteers who put the roof on in the middle of a winter blizzard. They were brooming the snow off the roof so they could finish laying the roof. It was truly incredible.”
While at the Isaiah 1:17 House children will receive food, clothing, toys and other items to make them comfortable during their transition with child services.
Macee Braun, a volunteer with the organization, said she’s excited that in the next few months, she’ll be able to work with the children hands on.
“Well luckily for me I live right across the street so I’m able to drive by this house everyday just really come to life,” Braun explained. “When I saw the walls go up and the roof go on, it just really warmed my heart to know that one day there will be kids that will come into this house that hopefully leave with smiles on their faces.”
Cunningham said they wouldn’t have made it this far without community support.
“Our community has been fantastic and they continue to send donations. We are still able to serve the kids right now,” she said. “We’re still able to give them food or happy meals or fast food whenever they come in. We’re able to give them bags of clothes and backpacks just because we got lavished on donations already that we are already helping serve the kids.”
The organization hopes to have the home fully operational by fall.