CINCINNATI (WXIX) – As they prepare to officially open new group homes, leaders of a Cincinnati nonprofit organization have held a community event on Easter Sunday.
Nakia Swint is the founder of the Louise Shropshire Corporation. Through the nonprofit organization, Swint is pursuing his dream of creating several new group facilities in Cincinnati.
Swint announced on Sunday that one of the homes – a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home – is now set to open in June.
High school and college students who need accommodation will be able to live there.
Swint said he received a lot of support through sponsorships and donations. However, she has started a GoFundMe to help continue fundraising, especially for furniture and other items that will make the facility feel like home.
“I would like to have at least eight beds,” says Swint. “I want to redo the court. I want to make it a more serene yard where the kids can have a place to hang out, relax, and read a book.
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On top of that, Swint says they’re starting to accept children who have aged out of the system and allow them to participate in the independent living program, which will be located in a 13-unit apartment building.
Additionally, through a partnership with Rose Chapel Community Church, Swint said they are already working on a 31-unit space in Avondale that will be transformed into a housing complex for girls.
Its goal is to offer resources to young people such as advice, courses and daycare.
“Make sure they have everything they need when they come into our house,” Swint said. “Eventually, we will provide at least accommodation for 60 to 80 young people. They will have the opportunity to follow our programs, to choose a trade.
As the building process continues, Swint said his nonprofit is hosting events to bring the community together. At Easter, the organization organized an egg hunt.
“We cooked for them. They must watch us worship. We made them a routine. We praised, and it was great today. It was an amazing feeling,” Swint said.
She adds that it is important for children in difficulty to have positive options and that it is essential that they have the keys to success.
“Just because your home doesn’t look like your typical two-parent, two-kid, picket fence doesn’t mean you can’t go far,” Swint said. “It just takes work, and behind the work, support, and that’s what we want to do. We want to give young people the support they need and miss.
Swint said the nonprofit is hosting another event, their second annual mother-son dance, on July 23.
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