A home in Newton for abused girls now offers a program for independent living.
Chrysalis Home for Girls offers hope to those who would like to expand their academic horizons.
Nestled off Highway 84 in Newton is a gem of a home that provides hope for abused women. For the past 18 years the Chrysalis Home for Girls has helped young women from six to 12 years old learn what normal family life is like.
“It's basically run like in typical home-like setting. They have chores, they're able to go on outings. They get restricted, they get privileges they get allowances just like teenagers do. They attend public school.”
Eighty five percent of girls complete the first program successfully and move on, but what about the residents who would like to go on to college? That's where a second phase with a new building and a new program help girls prepare for life beyond high school.
“We had so many kids that had nowhere to go because we were basically having 17-year-old kids leave care that really weren’t ready to leave care.”
The transitional living cottage delivers a family style atmosphere where girls ages 16 to 21 receive close supervision by life coaches. Residents have family meetings, structured schedules and daily responsibilities. They go to school and work and get involved in extracurricular activities. The Alabama Department of Human Resources helps with the cost of schooling and offers scholarships.
“Kids want an education, but when they're in group homes or foster homes they don't have that independence, and they crave it. I've been with 385 kids in 15 years, and those kids have never been taught that family was important, and I want to these kids to understand that besides God coming first, family has got to come first.”
Chrysalis has a large fundraising ball coming up in February. If you would like more information about the programs at Chrysalis, you can call them at 793-2237.