LIMA —A struggling family is no longer homeless thanks to Family Promise’s new Sprague Transitional House on 730 W. Elm St.
Indya Wood and her family spent several months in a homeless shelter in Michigan as they tried to find their way out of poverty. It was not until her sister suggested reaching out to Family Promise that she found out about the transitional housing opportunity.
“My sister told me to reach out and I did,” said Indya Wood. “They called and had a spot for us. Not knowing which way to go and knew nothing about the city, we moved here and it was the best thing I could have done.”
Wood is extremely grateful for the opportunity to live in the transitional home and start a new life with her husband and four children.
“We are blessed to have Family Promise by our side to help us with this,” said Wood. “If it weren’t for them and the lady who donated the home, it probably would have have taken us longer like any other homeless family. I’m glad that they believed in us and I’m grateful that they chose our family.”
The Wood family is one of nine families Family Promise of Lima-Allen County hopes to house within its multiple transitional homes. Families who continue in the program will remain under Family Promise case management.
Family Promise is a faith-based agency that is dedicated to helping unsheltered families regain their independence by providing housing.
A ribbon cutting was held at the Sprague Transitional House Tuesday to celebrate the semi-completion of the new home. The house is 92 percent complete, with a portion of the upstairs still to be finished.
This renovation was made possible by an endowment fund through the United Way of Greater Lima and various other donations.
Volunteers from New Creation Lutheran Church, Lima Baptist Temple, Allentown United Methodist, Grace Community Church, Shawnee United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist, Fort Amanda Specialties and Cory’s Construction spent 538 hours over the last year working on the project.
The two-story home was donated by Lvera and Paul J. Sprague, who bought the house on Feb. 29, 1956. Through this donation, they hoped to contribute to the mission of combating homelessness.
“We had it for several years and never really cleaned it out and he didn’t want to sell it,” said Lvera Sprague. “I thought it would be a good idea to give it away and Family Promise was the first place that we thought of.”
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