Episode Air Date: March 27, 2014 www.theheartofdetroit.org
What makes a family? At House of Providence, it’s a safe and permanent home for foster children who are most at risk — the ones in their teenaged years. Maggie: Once they are about 12 most likely they will never be adopted and they will age out. The statistics are horrifying for kids that age out of the system. To battle those statistics, Maggie and Jason Dunn created House of Providence. Instead of bouncing teens from home to home, this beautiful facility is their home, and loving volunteers spend time with them there. You know that you are coming to invest into a young lady or to a young boy, They’ve been abused and neglected and abandoned and rejected all of their life and it is coming to add value into their life. Volunteers can tutor, teach, go on social trips or just hang out. Meanwhile, the teens live here, together and get a top notch education through the Oxford school district. More importantly, they get a sense of finally belonging somewhere. Maggie: I know children who by the time they were 4 have already been in 8 homes. That reinforces is that you are the problem you are the problem you are the problem and it is constant rejection. For now, House of Providence will just take care of 15 teenaged girls. Eventually the Dunns plan to expand to boys — with one goal in mind. Maggie: That every child who has left here has a family. No child ages out and is alone on the planet. That’s not ok. What makes a family? At House of Providence, it starts with love. Jay and Maggie Dunn are showing that love every day, to our most at risk kids, in the heart of Detroit.