SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Nana’s House Refuge For Children In Distress
By Maria Sonnenberg, Space Coast Medicine // November 18, 2012
2012 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN
ABOVE VIDEO: Nana’s House is a group children’s home for neglected, abused, needy, or abandoned children newborn – 11 years old. These children will be provided for in every manner. Our mission is to provide a safe, secure, loving home where these children can come and experience God’s love and healing.
‘We Operate Nana’s House Like A Normal Family Home’
Five years ago, Kim Frodge kept having dreams about children in need without a safe place to call home.
Three years ago, from those dreams and the file Frodge kept emerged Nana’s House, a loving Christ-centered haven for children whose parents cannot care for them, because of illness, homelessness, substance abuse or any other reason.
“I felt it was something God wanted me to do,” said Frodge.
Children from newborns to 10-year-olds can stay until their parents are again able to care for them, be it a year or 15. “We want them to know they are valuable, that they have a purpose,” said Frodge. “We operate Nana’s House like a normal family home, not a group home.”
The house, once a run-down foreclosure in Palm Bay, was renovated through generous financial and in-kind donations. The 100 percent volunteer organization receives no government funding, depending on donations from individuals, groups and businesses to help care for the five children currently under Nana’s wings.
A newly opened thrift store, also made possible with donations and volunteer efforts, additionally helps to buy the constant stream of food, diapers, formula and other necessities.
Frodge believes God is constantly at her side as she works to grow Nana’s House. Everything seems to fall in place from divine intervention. For example, the house parents saw a newspaper story about Frodge and volunteered to help.
“I’m sure God sent them our way,” said Frodge. “Our house mother has a master’s degree from Florida Tech and is the perfect person to help these children flourish.”
Frodge knows all too well how great the need is. Eight siblings whose mom was too sick to care for them, the baby of a homeless woman, three children abandoned by their mother—the stories break her heart, but Frodge often has to say no because Nana’s House is constantly at capacity with children surrendered by their parents or guardians.
There is no room in Nana’s House now, but there soon will be some, as Frodge and the other volunteers prepare to launch Nana’s House II before 2012 ends. An additional five children will be housed in the new bungalow. Frodge has plans for Nana’s Complex, a gated community of seven individual cottage-style homes housing 40 children from infants to high school seniors.
Frodge knows that extensive fundraising will be required for that dream to become reality. She is starting by encouraging the community to help sponsor the Nana’s House Building Fund banquet on Dec. 6, which will also raise awareness of the issue of neglected children in Brevard.
“The community needs to know what a serious problem we have,” said Frodge.
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