Joy Closet breaks ground for the Hope House

Youth in Christian County who are entering the foster care system will soon have a safe place to rest before being placed with a family, as the Joy Closet broke the ground for the Hope House Monday morning. 

The Hope House is a dream in the making for Founder Heather Gray, who says that right now, kids who are in the hands of the Department for Community Based Services often end up in an uncomfortable office or a hotel room as case workers look for a family to place them with. The Hope House would provide a much more comfortable, reliable and less-traumatic space for those youth to rest while they wait.

Julia Roberts with the effort says this was a resource that was sorely needed in the community, and will allow a smoother, less stressful process not just for the children, but for everyone involved.

Gray is hopeful the Hope House will be up and running by the end of this year, or the beginning of 2025, weather depending. Gray thanked all their supporters and donors over the years, including the individuals how donated the land that the Hope House will one day stand. She also gave a special shout out to Legacy Metals, who is partnering with Joy Closet to help build the house.