Montgomery County, KY – Hope Hill Children’s Home, a residential treatment facility for at-risk girls ages 12-18 in Hope, KY, became a construction zone on Friday, June 15 as volunteers from the community worked together to build new beds for residents. With guidance from Morehead State University’s MSUCorps Build-a-Bed group, Hope Hill Children’s Home worked with local partners including Traditional Bank to secure donated materials and volunteers to replace beds for 45 residents.
The Build-a-Bed project has traditionally provided twin beds complete with a mattress for children who are living in private homes with not enough beds. The goal of the project is to ensure that K-12 children in Eastern KY have a proper place to sleep. Families are able to apply to receive the beds. Hope Hill learned of the program and approached MSUCorps about creating a Build-a-Bed project specifically for the residents of Hope Hill Children’s Home.
“We had never had an organization approach us to apply for beds,” said Mary Claire Williams, Project Director for MSUCorps. “We were happy to share our project plans with them!”
With local volunteers from Nestle Corp., a generous lumber donation by Greentree Forest Products, Inc. in Wallingford, KY, 45 Tempurpedic mattresses donated by the Christian Appalachian Project’s Operation Sharing group in Corbin, KY and funding from Traditional Bank to purchase all new bedding, the Hope Hill Build-a-Bed project found success.
Hope Hill Children’s Home is an all-female facility that provides a safe, therapeutic environment for young women in crisis. It offers an on-site school with an instructional program featuring individualized curriculum, including GED instruction. The school is part of the Montgomery County School District. Hope Hill provides specialized individual and group therapy for girls with histories of serious sexual abuse and neglect, and girls who are chronic runaways. Secures cottages provide a safe environment for girls with chronic AWOL issues. Therapy for youth with substance abuse issues is also provided.
The new beds for the residents at Hope Hill will do much more than provide a comfortable place to sleep at night. “Many of our residents can’t recall the last time they have slept in a bed before coming to our campus,” said Peck. “Our goal is to make our residents feel safe and cared for while they are undergoing treatment with us. Having a safe and comfortable place to sleep makes all the difference to our girls as they recover and move forward with their lives.” To donate to Hope Hill Children’s Home or to learn more about Family Connections Ministries, you may visit their website at www.familyconnectioninc.com.