HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - There's a home in Huntsville for women and children. It's a haven that offers hope before their tough circumstances take a turn for the worst.
RiahRose Home for Children, Inc. is hosting its annual Grandparents' Day Benefit Luncheon on September 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the EarlyWorks Children's Museum of Huntsville. That's located at 404 Madison Street. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages five through ten. Tickets are available at the door.
One woman we spoke with was brave enough to share her story, but she asked to remain anonymous for safety reasons. She said she knew she wanted more for her family, so she reached out to the RiahRose Home for Children, Inc., even though it came with a price.
"Well I don't know how my children are going to feel about a shelter," the woman said of calling RiahRose the first time. "She was like, 'Well, it's not a shelter, it's a home.'"
Little did she know the people living in the home would challenge her to rise above her circumstances.
"I really had nothing," she said. "Now I'm working; the kids are doing better."
RiahRose currently gives 12 families a place to call home. In 2015, the non-profit agency served 30 families. Twenty-nine residents had full or part-time jobs; three attended post-secondary schools. Two people transitioned to independent living and two reunited with family.
RiahRose's staff said residents have enrolled in the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, Calhoun Community College and Drake State Technical and Community College.
"They actually give you a balance that you need," the woman said. "You sometimes get nervous or depressed and they actually give you motivation."
The mother said that motivation helps her be better for her daughter.
"There's a lot of people that come here, they have children. I've made new friends," the girl said. "My mom's happy here."
RiahRose requires the residents to enroll in school and/or work towards a career goal. The agency is licensed by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. It admits homeless pregnant teens and homeless women with young children.