The pitching of dirt at Hope Village for Children on Friday morning broke ground on two new transitional homes that are being build as a part of a joint effort between Hope Village and Habitat for Humanity.
Tina Aycock, the executive director for Hope Village, says the partnership to build these homes has been in the works for nearly a year.
"They are going to be for our teenagers as they age out or graduate from high school, get their GED, so they'll have a place to live while they go to college," said Aycock. "Get jobs, save money, get their first car. We want to be there for them during those first few years, very important years in young adulthood."
Aycock says numbers show foster children who have this type of support after leaving the system are more successful at being independent than those without those services.
This marks a first of its kind project for Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi, and also among all the Habitat affiliates.
Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity director, Fonda Rush, says this partnership allows Habitat to live its mission.
"The mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and this is why we feel it's very important to be part of this," said Rush. "And it's also a way to thank our own community for the support for the last two years through the Hurricane Katrina recovery.'
Rush says there are some final tasks to complete before construction starts in late November or early December. She says, with volunteer help, the two homes can be ready in two weeks.
The Riley Foundation presented a check Friday to help with the start of construction on the project.If you're interested in volunteering or have supplies or money to donate toward the project, you may call Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity at 601-485-4992.