More To The Story: Isaiah 117 home
Dave Staley shows us why the home that will open on Sunday was built
CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – In tonight’s installment of More To The Story, Dave Staley shows us more about a house ribbon cutting coming up this weekend.
It’s a new house. Top to bottom. But oh, it’s not just an ordinary new house.
You see, come next week, it’ll be the 5th “Isaiah 117” home in Tennessee. That’ll make it six total, to include one in Indiana.
This little gem will be a place where kids up to the age of 18 can stay, after they’ve been removed from their home by the Department of Children’s Services.
While waiting for a new home, they can eat here, sleep, play, and receive love. During a very difficult time.
RENEE CURRY, PROGRAM COORDINATOR;
“We have a tree here. And the children’s fingerprints will be the leaves on that tree. Every child who walks through that door will have a fingerprint there.”
The organization behind this is a faith based nonprofit. Named Isaiah 117 after a bible verse.
The non-profit started in 2018. It took just one year to build this house.
Renee Curry says right now, this home would appraise for about 300-thousand dollars. But with all of the volunteer help and donations, it was built for just 65-thousand dollars.
Curry says the time and effort so many people gave was overwhelming. Whether it be donations of clothes. Or toys. Or just your basic, old fashioned manual labor.
RENEE CURRY, PROGRAM DIRECTOR;
“Competing electricians, plumbers, framers, every bit of that was donated. I can look around this home…..and I can tell you each person who has been a part of this job. What they’ve done, it’s such a beautiful picture.”
Curry says there are more “Isaiah 117” homes to come. Some 29 are in the process of being built. With Georgia being one of the home states.
Dave Staley, News 12 Now