By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE - At the NANA's House Thrift Cottage, Kim Frodge sits in an office, where the walls are covered with photos of children that her organization has helped.
Now, with the plans for a second children's home under way, she will be able to help even more.
Mrs. Frodge, executive director of a nonprofit, private Christian home, called NANA's House, will expand this year to include another facility in Palm Bay.
"We will have five more beds at the new facility," Mrs. Frodge said.
She and her team's goal is to have the new place ready to go by Dec. 24, the anniversary of when it achieved accreditation. The team will have possession of the new facility within the next month.
NANA's House helps neglected, abused, needy and abandoned children throughout Brevard County.
"We are as charity as charity gets, and I love it," Mrs. Frodge said about her nonprofit organization, which she said she used to dream about before it became an actuality, called NANA's House. "We survive entirely off of community involvement and donations. If we have a septic problem, I will call the people, tell them who we are and they will come out on their own time and fix it for free."
However, Mrs. Frodge said she currently has limited space for the amount of children her organization can help until the new facility opens.
"I had to turn down a grandmother, who was raising two grandchildren, whose parents died in an automobile accident, and she is too sick to take care of them," she said. "That ripped my heart out."
To help her organization raise money for a new facility, Mrs. Frodge said she opened the NANA's House Thrift Cottage, a thrift store ran entirely off donated items, three months ago.
Since then, the organization has raised enough money to officially open NANA's House No. 2.
But Mrs. Frodge said she isn't finished with raising money for new facilities quite yet.
"On Dec. 6, we are going to have our NANA's House Homebuilding Banquet Dinner," she said. "I am looking for 35 to 40 table hosts. What that means is one person will host a table of 10, so that person will invite nine more people to sit at their table. We are going to explain how we started, where we are now and the different scenarios of the children."
Mrs. Frodge said, at the dinner banquet, her group will also explain to guests how often her staff has to turn children away from their facility, due to lack of beds. The dinner is free to attend.
"How many houses we open depends on how much money we raise," she said. "I'm ready to open as many as we can buy."
Mrs. Frodge said NANA's House is currently looking for a $5,000 sponsor for the event.
Also, on Sept. 28-29, the nonprofit will be hosting the first-ever NANA's House Clothing Blowout Sale at 2446 Minton Road, where all adult clothes are $2 and children clothes will be $1. On Sept. 29, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Men's Auxiliary Post 8191 will hold a golf tournament at Mallards Landing Course in Melbourne, with proceeds going to the nonprofit. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. Participants are requested to arrive at the course by 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $50.
Looking back at how far her organization has come, Mrs. Frodge said she is thankful for the experience.
"It has been an incredible journey," she said. "I volunteer anywhere from 60 to 80 hours per week, but it doesn't feel like work to me. It is everyone's duty to help these kids. They didn't ask to be born, and, when they find themselves in a bad situation, they need our help. We are calling out to the community."
NANA's House Thrift Cottage is located at 2540 Malabar Road in Malabar.
For more information about NANA's House, visit nanaschildrenshome.com.