There is new opportunity for families in need in Rhea County. We Care
General Manager Alton Steen presented the first Micro Home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.
We Care provides many vital services to the Rhea County Community including a food pantry, mental health counseling and housing for homeless children or people who have lost their homes to fire or other disasters. The new 250 square foot Micro Home is designed as temporary housing to help families down on their luck get back on their feet quickly.
Director of Housing & Food Programs for We Care, Laura Olmstead and General manager Alton Steen spearheaded the project. Having experienced what she called an "unstable environment" in her childhood, Olmstead is ready to take up the fight against homelessness in Rhea County.
"I deep down in my soul believe in this," says Olmstead.
She stresses the homes are not for the chronic homeless. She says these homes are designed to help families with a plan get back on their feet in a timely manner. The homes provide full amenities including stove, microwave, washer/dryer, and a full bathroom.
We Care Community Services, In. has worked in Rhea County and the surrounding region, since 1982, to improve lives and build stronger communities through self-sufficiency. The group plans to expand the program with additional housing units in the future.
Rhea County Executive George Thacker, Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen, and State Representative Ron Travis were among members of the community who came out to celebrate the opening of We Care's new Micro Home to Rhea County.
by Elmer Harris, RheaReview.com