KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – A national non-profit will soon help local kids transition to foster care with food, toys, clothing, and most importantly lots of love.

Isaiah 117 House Program Coordinator Jacquelyn Cunningham said she reached out to the founder of the organization a couple of years ago. Cunningham said there was a need for a local space that provides ease in the transition for children before they meet their foster families.

“This is something our community needs we have over 250 kids in custody in Knox County,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham said between the support from the organization and the community, Knox County’s new Isaiah 117 House will now accommodate the ages infant to 18 years old. The house will be able to provide services for two removals at a time.

“We could have a sibling group of three, four, or five in here,” Cunningham said. “We will bring in volunteers and we will be equipped with that many if need be.”

Knox County Isaiah 117 House will work with the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to serve Knox, Gibson, Pike, and Daviess Counties.

“When DCS has to go in to remove kids instead of going to the DCS office, they will come to the Isaiah House,” Cunningham said. “Once they are here they just get loved on.”

Megan Wedding is also a program coordinator at the Isaiah 117 House, and said once a child is dropped off the staff provides the child with a large duffel bag full of clothing, shoes, toys, hygiene items, books, blankets, and a bible.

“There are a lot of children that just need love, and that’s all they need is love,” Wedding said. “It’s very important to us that they get a bible and they just know that God loves them and that they are not alone and it’s not their fault.”

Volunteer Macee Braun said she’s seen the process of the Knox County Isaiah House through since the beginning, and said she’s excited to see operations start.

“It will be very special to my heart just to know that we helped make a difference,” Braun said. “And that we helped show these children they are loved in hard times.”

The Knox County Isaiah 117 House will have a ribbon cutting and open house on August 14 at 4 p.m.