Thursday, 18 July 2019 16:49

Journey House looking for new moms to help Featured

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DEXTER - A transitional home that tries to provide life skills to help women build their lives is looking for more people to help.


Journey House in Dexter has had no residents there for weeks, so now staff are trying to get the word out about their transitional housing.


Since 2009, Journey House has helped women aged 16 to 21 that are pregnant or have young kids and are in need of a safe place to live.


Right now, those in charge said they're in a bit of a lull. The four bedrooms are empty.


"It happens sometimes in the summertime, people who are homeless sometimes choose to camp," said Jillaine Wentworth, a house parent team leader.


At Journey House, moms are taught parenting, budgeting, and finish school or work while living there.


That's something that helped Jade Wood, who came to Journey House in 2015 while eight months pregnant, in recovery from substance abuse, and without a place to go.


"I called Journey House and they actually got me in that week, they called me a taxi," said Wood. "I look at them like mothers to me. Mothers that I never had."


She said house parents at Journey House brought her to doctor's appointments, and helped build up her life and independence.


Wood said she's been clean for a long time now.


Originally from Maine, she now lives in Virginia with her daughter, and a new baby girl born this year.


"A lot of women don't want to go to a place like that because they don't want to leave their friends ... well that's how I was at first but it changed my life," said Wood.


She still stays in touch with the people at Journey House. There's at least one house parent present at the Free Street home at all times.

"I was a young teen mom and there wasn't a place like this when I was 18 and it was scary, and I just like giving back," said Wentworth.


House parents said they have space for four young women and up to six kids.


Moms can be from anywhere in Maine and can stay up to 18 months.


Anyone interested is asked to give the Journey House a call at 924-0151.


Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...

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