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Chelsea woman donates house for women fleeing domestic violence

King’s Home, a faith-based organization providing assistance to women and children fleeing domestic violence, recently made a special dedication.

The Girl’s Moderate Youth Program Home, named “Ashley’s House,” was dedicated in honor of donor Ashley Wheeler and A2Z Hope Foundation.

Wheeler witnessed first-hand the horrors of domestic violence. She watched as her father, in one of many terrifyingly violent episodes, kicked her out mother’s teeth.

Wheeler and her husband Zelous, a professional baseball player for the Tokyo Giants, along with their seven-year-old son, moved to Chelsea four years ago.

It is Wheeler’s desire to raise more funds to pay for counseling and mental health services for domestic violence victims. She also expressed her wish to continue partnering with King’s Home in an effort to reach more people with vital resources.

“This donation brings me tears of joy, I know that this house will truly be a home for girls that have been through an enormous amount of trauma during their young lives,” said Wheeler. “I hope this house will serve as a turning point in their lives, setting them towards a new path away from domestic abuse and violence.”

King’s Home Moderate Youth Program is the organization’s largest youth program serving a daily maximum of 68 youths between the ages of 10-19. Most King’s Home residents are referred by the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Through specialized programs, King’s Home offers hope to these boys and girls by providing spiritual development, educational support, and counseling services to equip them with the tools to heal from their pasts and succeed in life.

King’s Home provides a loving place where youth find hope and opportunity in a caring Christian home.

King’s Home Moderate Youth Program provides the following:

  • Home-Style Environment
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Counseling (Individual, Family, Group)
  • Social Skills Development
  • College/Career Planning
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring
  • Equine Therapy
  • Art Sessions
  • Horticultural Garden Sessions

King’s Home Director of Development Jim Medley said, “Youth eligible for this level program may be abused, neglected, or exploited and may exhibit mild and/or occasional behavioral and/or emotional problems. Ashley’s House is now home to eight female youths.”

Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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