Mooresville group opens doors for women, children without a home

HOUSE Hope of Mooresville provides temporary shelter for homeless women and children to bring restorative hope and healing to families.

MOORESVILLE, NC – A community group is using a non-judgmental approach — with dignity and faith as core values ​​— to bring hope to women and children living without a home in Mooresville.

“We want everyone here to live in dignity, just like all other people who have opportunities in the world,” explains Amy DeCaron, executive director of HOMe Hope of Mooresville.

HOMe Hope of Mooresville is a 501(3)(c) organization specifically providing temporary, safe shelter and support services to the homeless women and children of Mooresville.

“I lived in Charlotte in a really bad place with drugs, sirens and murders,” said Melissa Cables, who arrived at the shelter three months ago.

Teresa Schaeffer has been living in the shelter for seven months.

“From the bottom of my heart, they saved my life,” Schaeffer claimed.

DeCaron said a group of caring community members opened the “hope house” in 2017 after noticing a gap in services to women like Cables and Schaeffer.

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“We want the kids to feel like this is a place where ‘I can play with my brother, do my homework, and mommy can make a meal.’ And it’s like living on your own,” DeCaron said.

Admission to Hope of Mooresville requires an interview process. Once women are accepted, they are offered case managers, liaisons, mentorship, parenting classes, and other forms of support to overcome their hardships.

“It could be therapy, it could be parenting classes, it could be budgeting. We provide all of that so you’re prepared,” DeCaron said.

The shelter thrives with the help of volunteers who help with tasks ranging from home maintenance to transporting children to medical appointments.

Perhaps the happiest occasion is graduation day, when women and their families move out of the shelter into their first apartment – a day that will come quickly for Schaeffer.

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“I got a call last week saying my application was approved and I could move in mid-December,” Schaeffer told WCNC.

Cables, working on her chance to leave, is grateful for the chance to heal in the home that welcomed her with open doors.

“I’m so grateful and grateful for the love and happiness they’ve given my heart, and my family who came in like this don’t have to worry about me anymore,” Cables said with tears in her eyes.

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