More To The Story: Foundation House Ministries
Cleveland, TN (WDEF) – A non-profit organization in Cleveland is looking to expand its services into Chattanooga. Foundation House Ministries is all about helping mothers or pregnant women but the founder of the group says there’s a need for even more services.
Suzanne Burns is the founder and executive director of Foundation House Ministries. It’s a faith-based non-profit. Helping women, some are pregnant, who struggle with addiction, homelessness and/or joblessness. Foundation House was built in Bradley County, covering a 13 county radius in our area. It’s the only maternity home you’ll find in some 150 miles. Burns says the next step is to meet the challenge of expanding into Chattanooga. To do that, Burns says it’s a case of building relationships.
“It’s a multi-faceted piece. But it all acts together. We need church partners, we need business partners. We need private individuals who have a compassion for rescuing mothers in crisis.”
Foundation House Ministries encompasses a wide range of services. For example, there’s a gift shop and a thrift shop. Both open for business. Many of the items are donated. Many are actually made by the clients. The women who are learning job skills.
The organization is based in Cleveland. With the home office upstairs and the gift shop and the thrift shop. However, consider over half of the clients come from Chattanooga.
Thus, the need to grow. Helping women who are in a bad situation. And need a deeper level of service. With rehab and education. Burns herself has been there. She knows the need.
“At the end of the day, all we do is love these women. As if they were our own children. We teach them what they need to know. That, in order to move forward.”
The Foundation will hold a luncheon in Ooltewah, Thursday of this week. In an effort to gather commitments and donations and move forward.