Dozens of supporters recently helped Holy Ground Palm Beach County celebrate the opening of its new apartments for young homeless mothers.
The newly-renovated Stockard Family Campus, located on Broadway Avenue in West Palm Beach, will be home to young mothers and their children who were previously homeless. The building also boasts a community space and an area for counseling as well as room for classes.
“This is truly a dream come true, and we couldn’t have done it without the extensive community support and hard work of those who believed in our vision,” said Donna McLoughlin, board president of Holy Ground Palm Beach County.
Statistics from the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County indicate teen mothers are more likely to live in poverty, and less than half of all teen moms will graduate high school. Daughters born to teen moms are more likely to become teen mothers themselves, while a son is twice as likely to serve time in prison.
Holy Ground helps break the cycle of poverty for the young women who are willing to make positive changes in their lives. The organization offers a safe place to live, a mentor, counseling and classes covering vocational skills, life lessons and parenting. Many of the young ladies in the program are enrolled in college or vocational programs.
For more information or to contribute to the organization’s efforts, call Holy Ground PBC’s office at 355-5040 or go online to holygroundpbc.org.