GREENWOOD (AP) — Throughout Johnson County, single mothers are raising their children without a home to call their own.
They're living in their parents' basement, crashing on friends' couches, or staying with their grandparents. Many do not have the education or training to find a decent-paying job, and have no idea how to begin saving to get a home of their own.
A local nonprofit organization is working to lift those women up.
Haven Sanctuary for Women is opening a home in Greenwood for as many as three families, where women and their children can live for up to two years. They'll receive job training, money management skills and support from the home. At the same time, they'll provide their kids with a stable living environment.
"Over those two years, we want them to build up their skills to be a good parent and a good citizen. We want to get them back up on their feet, where they can make it," Adrienne Allen, board member for Haven Sanctuary for Women, told the Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1kVaPzC ).
The nearly finished house consists of three suites, where families can have their individual privacy. Each suite has two bedrooms and a bathroom. A living room, kitchen and laundry room will provide common areas where the families can interact.
The house is decorated in chic grays, browns, yellows and robin-egg blue. A wooden deck, which needs to be repaired, extends into the backyard. Ample space exists for kids to play games or ride their bikes.
"We wanted to be able to provide them with a home that's cute and nice; to come home to a place that is comfortable is important," Allen said.
Haven Women's Sanctuary was founded by Carol Naragon, a Center Grove resident and Allen's mother.