NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Salvation Army broke ground Thursday morning on an expansion at Hope Village.
Excitement erupted from an eager crowd as the shovels hit the dirt.
It was a little tough to turn, but building beautiful homes like rebuilding the lives of those who will inhabit them does take work.
“Today is a great day for the Salvation Army Hope Village, a residence for women, and women with children, who find themselves without a home,” Salvation Army Hampton Roads’ area commander, Major James Allison, told WAVY.com.
The gated community on Raby Road in Norfolk has been helping single moms since it opened with seven homes in 2009.
“This will complete the village with 12 homes here for women and children to come and live for 6 months while they restructure and put their lives back together,” Allison said.
The program has helped 192 women and 100 kids in the last decade, providing more than just a place to perch for awhile.
At Hope Village, women find ways to refocus their priorities and rebuild their lives.
They’re offered workforce training, counseling and other programs and services that are tailored to their individual needs.
The Salvation Army says the employment rate upon graduation last year was 93 percent, with many getting certifications and finding jobs in nursing or home health care.
55 people found permanent housing.
“This expansion is huge for the Salvation Army, but more importantly it’s huge for the women and children who will occupy these homes once they are completed,” Allsion told WAVY.com.
They hope to have the four new homes finished by late summer, bringing the total number, including the administration building, to 12.
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