The long awaited Hope House in Blenheim is finally open after a handing over ceremony yesterday.
Those attending were told by Bread of Life manager Brian Gull how a tin of biscuits just before Christmas led to the realisation of Hope House.
"Child Youth and Family manager Kaye MacDonald came walking up the drive and said she brought us a tin of biscuits, but she would like to offer us a house as well if we'd like it," said Mr Gull.
Hope House is a support and training home for young vulnerable mothers.
Bread of Life trustee and community support worker Annie Bately said that they hope to have the first mothers arriving the first week of October.
The aim of the house is to provide a supportive home for young mothers with ongoing mentoring and help. The mothers will be encouraged to stay in education and given parenting and health classes. Additional training is also being organised for the girls with companies in Marlborough.
"We will keep helping the girls even once they leave the house, to guide them as they grow. We want them to succeed and if they struggle will let them come back as day mothers for a bit till they can carry on on their own," said Ms Bately.
A lot of thought has gone into everything and it is aimed at providing a stable home-like environment for the mothers and children.
"We will even open a bank account for every child that organisations and the community can donate to and that can only be accessed by the trustees. The accounts are there to support the children in ways the mom might not be able to. A school camp, extra school uniform or art classes for a gifted painter, we don't want them to be disadvantaged."
The house will be run by "parents" Ron and Helen Falconer and house manager Megan McConway who have been described as having "hearts so big they trip over them," by Mr Gull.
The support from the Marlborough community has been amazing and 34 volunteers have been registered and are being set up as part of the program. "If anyone else still wants to donate, baby clothes and products of any kind will always be welcome," said Ms Bately.
Those involved want to uphold the importance and pride of belief and culture and start the change within the youth of Marlborough. "As a community we can try and establish a better moral value for our youth and this house is a giant step in that journey," said Ms MacDonald.
- The Marlborough Express