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House of Grace seeks help to repair its house

Press Release – House of Grace
The House of Grace, a safe haven in for pregnant teens, desperately needs urgent repairs completed on their home.

Back in 2001, a converted boarding house in Wellington became a home for pregnant teens, providing a safe and supportive environment for those who find themselves in a difficult position. The House of Grace, this non-profit venture was the vision of Founders Treena and Marcus van Rijssel, who realised the need for a community service such as this.

The building houses up to four girls with their babies, a volunteer Housefamily of five and the site includes a shared kitchen, living rooms and dining area. As well as providing accommodation, The House of Grace helps its residents develop skills to parent with confidence in a safe and supportive environment where they can live up to three months following the birth of their child.

The home has seen hundreds of young mums and babies come through its doors and it has always been hard to keep warm! Treena says, “We are often dreading to received our power bills, especially during winter.” It is a 1950’s concrete block house with multiple extensions. It has many leaks, and is a very cold, damp, draughty house. Over the years this has caused damage to the house, and also isn’t ideal for new-born babies. We have to run dehumidifiers and heaters constantly in order to keep the house at a safe temperature. But it’s time to make a lasting difference!

To ensure The House of Grace is able to continue for many years, and to keep their precious young girls and babies healthy, warm and dry, they’ve launched the Warm Home Project. As part of this project, they need a new roof (the current one leaks terribly), double-glazing for the windows, and modifications to our heating system.

“As a charity which doesn’t receive any government funding, we rely on the generosity of people, who share our heart to see young lives changed. “

If you would like to make a donation, of any amount you can, to ensure that The House of Grace can have the urgent repairs needed to continue supporting young mums and their babies you can donate on givealittle.co.nz/cause/warmhomeproject

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