Transitional Housing for Single Women with Children
Myrtle House provides housing to single women with children, often creating an opportunity for a family to reunify, offering next-steps for a family in progress. Young children experience their world through their relationships with parents and caregivers, these relationships are fundamental to the healthy development of the brain, and lead to the development of physical, emotional, social and behavioral capacities.
A major component to the strong case for investing in families at the Jesus Center is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness for the next generation. At Myrtle House, we will strive to ensure that these families have the services and support they need to thrive, and prepare them for independent living.
Myrtle House was opened in October of 2016 as a result of many hearts and hands. The Chico Association of Realtors received a $15,000 grant to furnish the Myrtle House from the National Association of Realtors, and Lowe’s Home Improvement Store selected Myrtle House as their 2016 Lowe’s Hero Project. What a great example of how these groups are committed to creating better communities!
The grant allows for purchasing beds, dressers, couches, table & chairs, and other furniture items. Lowe’s provided new flooring materials, new paint, new interior and exterior doors, security doors, plumbing fixtures, blinds and beautiful landscaping. Additionally, Lowe’s employees donated their time by painting the interior of the home, built a new front fence, laid sod and updated landscaping. It was amazing to watch this home truly coming together by people for people!