HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Board members and staff of the Harris Home for Children gathered Thursday morning to celebrate with community leaders and supporters during a ribbon cutting for a new activity center and residence hall.
The organization caters to foster children, ages 12 to 21, from around the state who are placed here as wards of the state.
Carol Claflin, a board member and mentor, said the staff takes care of the residents, offering mentoring, tutoring, transportation and other resources to help them gain education and move towards positive changes in their lives until they leave or are reunited with their families.
Also Thursday, Harris Home launched their Brick by Brick Capital Campaign to raise $200,000 to replace money they’ve lost from the state government over the last 24 months.
Claflin said due to the ailing economy, the state cut funds to Harris Home. However, they were able to maintain their 30 staffers to keep the facility operational.
Money raised by the capital campaign will replenish money lost over the last two years.
For more information on how you can help, please call the Harris Home at (256) 837-0332.