JONESBORO – The 7,000-square-foot Family Care Home in Jonesboro that broke ground a little more than a year ago is right on track with construction, Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes) officials said.
James Barham, ABCHomes Jonesboro area director, said the new home for single-parent mothers and their children should be ready for business by June if everything continues according to plan.
“We are looking at opening in June with an ABCHomes Board of Trustees meeting and open house,” said Barham.
“Already we are getting calls from local churches inquiring on behalf of single moms and their dependents.”
Located at 3707 Harrisburg Road, Jonesboro, the Family Care Home will house up to seven mothers and their children and will include live-in case managers. The home will assist single-parent mothers and their children through residential group care, mentoring, financial planning, teaching, counseling and referral to valuable community resources.
The home is being named in memory of the late A.H. “Buck” Rusher, formerly of Jonesboro, who was a faithful and generous supporter of ABCHomes. Central Baptist Church of Jonesboro donated the land to ABCHomes for the ministry.
ABCHomes staff will offer supportive counsel for every mother and child. Assistance will be provided in goal setting, budgeting, parenting, homemaking, spiritual growth and relationship building.
Barham said the need for this type ministry is great.
“Several local ministries including Crisis Pregnancy Center (in Jonesboro) are looking forward to partnering with us,” he said. “I believe this ministry will provide a safety net and place to start over for many single mothers who are struggling.”
In addition to the future Jonesboro home, ABCHomes operates three long-term residential care homes and three emergency receiving homes. Counseling services are provided in seven locations around the state.
For more information on the Family Care Home, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about ABCHomes, go to www.abchomes.org.