New nonprofit will help homeless teenagers
Renovations are still happening in Mimi’s House. It’s a bright blue house on McKinley Street that will house homeless girls ages sixteen to nineteen. Executive director Chastidy Greenwood said they take in teens who are unoccupied.
“No family no parents coming from situations from they were abandoned by their families or they're getting away from a bad place so they have no one else to support them or guide them in the right direction,” Greenwood said.
The staff makes sure they aren’t running away from home.
"If we can't get confirmation they are truly an unoccupied minor then we need to call the youth diversion or something just to make sure they're not a runaway, said Miamie Sleep, Founder of Mimi’s House.
Greenwood said their first resident is moving in soon. They want to give people that live the four walls and a support system.
"We have a house mom we have hired she's going to be living here and guiding them too," Greenwood said.
Like any other home, there are rules. “No guns, no drugs, weapons, stuff like that,” Sleep said.
Part of their program requires the teens that live there to be in school or to be working on their GED.
The staff said they couldn't do any of this without all of the help from the community.
"There are more people than I can even name it's just... crazy,” Sleep said.
“Not only have they furnished this whole house but they are helping fund this whole house,” Greenwood said.
Greenwood added that the overall goal is to provide stability for the girls that will live here.
They are having an open house where anyone from the community can ask questions. It will be December 18 from 1-6:30 p.m.