TYLER, TX (KLTV) - They're trying to get as much done as they can before the rain hits. A team of custom home builders picked up where they left off on the beginning stages of a brand new emergency care center for foster kids.
Painters were power washing the walls and scraping off the rust.
"I'm just overjoyed [and] extremely happy that this dream is now becoming a reality," said Reverend Jerome Milton, with the Greater New Missionary Baptist Church in Tyler.
It's a dream to build a home where abused and neglected foster kids with nowhere to go...can go. It's all in honor of Datie Florence Brown, a woman who fostered more than 40 kids. One of which was the reverend himself.
"These children don't go to Yale, they go to jail," said Milton. "If we don't help these children they don't go to Penn State, they go to the state penn."
Reverend Milton is building the Foster Care Emergency Home right across the street for his church. It's a renovated facility. And, right, behind it, because of a donated property from a church member, Anwar Khalifa, the owner of Pyramid Custom Homes, is building a new home which will be a temporary living center for foster kids.
"He told me the situation the kids are in and we're all commended to help kids and orphans," said Khalifa.
"This home aids and helps our system that will no longer abuse children," said Milton.
And, answer to the prayers of those needing help the most. Pastor Milton says they still need to raise about $40,000 to complete the project.
Make a tax deductible donation to help build a Foster Care Emergency Center in Smith County.
Address: Greater New Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
P.O. Box 131355
Tyler, TX 75713