By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
TEQUESTA -- Hannah's Home in Tequesta is expanding and the community is invited to join in on the celebration on Nov. 2.
The nonprofit organization that provides a home for girls who are pregnant and have nowhere else to go is breaking ground for several new facilities on the three and a half acres they acquired surrounding the current building.
Right now Hannah's Home hosts four young women and their babies in the dorm, dining room and kitchen. There's also a schoolroom for the girls and offices crammed under the same roof.
"We've run out of space," said founder Carol Beresford.
That's why she's so excited to have approval to start work on several new projects that will come in several phases. First will be a new two-story dorm out back that will offer a place for twice as many girls and their children as the home can hold now and a new nursery for the infants.
After that will come four cottage-like duplexes, a chapel and a caretaker home and it all started with Ms. Beresford's vision to create a safe place for girls to accept a hand up.
The girls can stay in the home for two years after the birth of their baby, and will receive help finishing school or getting their GED and completing college courses for good careers so they can support their child.
They will also learn life skills like sewing, cooking, and budgeting, all while building relationships.
"It really gets them started out in life," Ms. Beresford said. "It's given them the chance to go up instead of down."
Ms. Beresford is thrilled that she will soon be able to offer these free services to so many more young women as she continues to fulfill her calling. She can already envision the completed buildings and children enjoying the playground, all projects yet to be begun.
To help the community see what she sees, there will be a nursery set up on the front lawn for the ground-breaking ceremony, complete with cribs and changing tables.
From 9-10 a.m. on Nov. 2 the community is invited to come to Hannah's Home on 4390 S. County Line Road in Tequesta where a continental breakfast will be served and the community can find out more about what the organization does. Even Tequesta mayor Abby Brennan will be present.
Ms. Beresford is so thankful for the support of the community in carrying out God's plan for her to provide a safe and loving Christian environment for single pregnant young women as they offer hope and transform lives through counseling, life skills instruction, and continuing education.
Those wanting to sustain that mission can contribute online at www.hannahshomesf.org or offer construction or product donations or expertise.
There's no set timeline for completion of the phases, but Ms. Beresford is happy with how things are coming together and knows it will happen "as God sees fit."
"It's what I'm supposed to do and there's no quitting until I'm done," Ms. Beresford said.