FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Knoxville, TENN. (July 23, 2008) – Six years ago, Bonnie Skolfield started the process of bringing House of Courage (HOC) to reality in Maryville. In the years following, community leaders stepped forward to join the Board of Directors and fund this incredible dream. After countless hours of planning, House of Courage opened in October of 2007.
â€œSince taking in our first resident October 9, 2007 we have had the privilege of sharing hope and grace with four young mothers and their babies. Our life skill program includes the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Program, parenting classes, development of cooking and cleaning skills as well as completion of uncompleted educational needs. The ultimate goal is to provide the skills needed for our young mothers to be self-sufficient and not rely on government assistance for the rest of their lives,â€ states Bonnie Skolfied, Director of House of Courage.
The first resident at HOC came from a local shelter. In less then a year, she completed her goals, moved into a one-bedroom home, began working a full-time job and paid for her own car. All before she turned 19.
Although the first year of operations at HOC brings multiple causes for celebration, there is a current financial need that must be addressed for continued operations. Costs for properly caring for teen mothers and children have been slightly higher than originally estimated, and $33,000 must be raised by September in order to continue without interruptions to service.