After our story aired , two local builder's open their hearts and their wallets, to Smith County foster children.
Online PR News – 15-November-2010 – – It's critical that children removed from their homes have a place to stay while the right foster home is found.
After hearing of the need, builders Anwar Khalifa and Craig Daniels stepped up in a big way, to make the first of its kind, emergency care and assessment home, a reality.
Last Wednesday, shovels in hand, a group of kids broke ground on the future site of the Datie Florence Brown children's home.
"After our groundbreaking, we were all excited to take this old yellow house. We knew it was gonna take a miracle, kids knew it, so we prayed for a miracle," said Reverend Milton.
The miracle they were looking for was already on the church property, on land donated 18 years ago.Anwar Khalifa was at the ground breaking and had planned to help remodel the yellow house. Instead he's decided to build a new home twice its size. "From the day we were doing the initial press conference, I understand there was 21 kids sleeping on the floor at child protective services. I don't think a house half this size would have accommodated 21 kids," explained Khalifa.
His new design will allow 32 children to sleep comfortably in a brand new, energy efficient home.Khalifa said all religions are asked to help kids in need. "These are kids that are at their worst time of need and what better cause can their be then that?" asked Khalifa.
After 14 foster homes, Milton was placed with Datie Florence Brown, along with 43 other children. The children's house is named in honor of her and the hope she gave to neglected and abused children, like himself.
Reverend Milton said he is a product of foster care, and asked other to join, "if not us then who? if not now then when? if not here, then where?"Builder Craig Daniels originally offered to help remodel the existing home. Now, he'll be assisting Khalifa with the new home as well.The plans were drawn up yesterday. Now it's just a matter of getting the funds in place. Khalifa said they are shooting to have the house finished by Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can contact Reverend Jerome Milton:
Rev. Dr. Jerome R. Milton
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
P.O. Box 131355 Tyler, TX 75713-1355
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