Vincennes selected for site of new transitional home for foster children

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)— Vincennes will be the newest site for the Knox County Isaiah 1:17 house.

Isaiah 1:17 is a national organization that takes care of children awaiting foster care placements after being removed from their homes.

Jacquelyn Cunningham, an Isaiah 1:17 Expansion Coordinator, began the Knox County project over a year ago.

Being from Knox County, she said it’s something the community needed.

“I love kids and to be able to see hope again in these kids that have lost hope and a smile on their face out of a day that has been traumatizing to them. It means the world to have this house here in Knox County.”

The home will sit on Arc Avenue in Vincennes and it will cost $150,000 for construction.

The organization celebrated their groundbreaking on Thursday alongside county and city officials.

Knox. County Sheriff, Doug Vantlin, said the new home will keep kids from spending long hours alone in the police station.

“Having this place they’ve got a nice place to go and they have everything they need in this house. It’s good to see that because we’re the first ones at house when we do a welfare check or respond to a domestic and we find these young ones and they have to be removed from the house. It’s good to have some where like this to take them,” he said.

Children could spend up to 24-48 hours at the Isaiah 1:17 house before being placed in a foster home. 

Cunningham said even though it’s temporary, they want to bring light to children in dark situations.

“Kids need hope. They need to be able to feel secure, safe and wanted and that they belong. That is the goal of the Isaiah house. When they come see warm smiles. They’ll see a house that is meant for them and built for them. ”  

Construction is set to begin in November, with a grand opening in spring 2021.

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