Falconers leave Hope House

Last updated 06:23 11/03/2014

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The house parents at Hope House have left less than three months into the job.

Helen and Ron Falconer left their position two months ago and have moved to Waikato.

Hope House in Blenheim is a day and residential house caring for teenage mothers.

Ron Falconer would not comment on the issue surrounding their departure.

"I can't really comment as it might be seen as inflammatory," he said. "There are two sides to the story," he said.

"They will tell you about issues they had but a number of people in Marlborough are very upset about what happened."

Mr Falconer and his wife signed a confidentiality agreement after they finished at Hope House, he said.

Bread of Life is a Christian-based organisation that set up Hope House.

Bread of Life manager Brian Gull said the Falconers had not been fired.

"We had an employer-employee agreement. It is between them and us, we won't discuss it in public," Mr Gull said.

Hope House has advertised for new house parents.

They are seeking a couple who have relevant work experience and can relate well to young people.

The jobs advertisement states it was expected that the wife would hold the primary position as house mother, while the husband would be expected to be available evenings and weekends.

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- The Marlborough Express


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