Brittanie left home on her boyfriend’s motorcycle to live in tents, mobile homes, rented rooms and campsites. A substance abuser who became pregnant in an abusive relationship, she and her daughter bounced from place to place, even in a room in Brittanie’s mom’s home, but soon Brittanie had difficulties with her mom and her mom’s wife.
Brittanie needed a place like CALM.
Through grace, love and compassion, CALM is actively seeking to break the chains of generational poverty and help transform crisis into hope for moms and their young children.
What began over four years ago as the Single Moms group at a local church in Niceville has impacted the lives of numerous moms and their kids. Currently, over 40 moms are enrolled, and they have been the catalyst to begin more than a shelter for homeless moms and kids, but rather a teaching program that will transform lives for generations.
According to a Homeless & Housing Alliance report from January 2018, there were 90 females unsheltered and 61 children less than 18 years old in our community.
Our CALM plan includes a nine-month transitional residential program to provide basic knowledge skills needed to maintain a household. Skills taught will include nutritional meal planning, shopping and preparation; budgeting and financial management; parenting concepts and child development; whole health concept of moms and kids; household organization; and spiritual growth and maturity. And, upon completing the program, transition and follow-up.
In December 2017, CALM secured property to begin the journey to make this program a reality. After acquiring the property, major work was required in the kitchen area before renovations:
We will provide education and access to health care in a stable, secure and supportive environment. This will create a high impact path that gives mothers the ability to achieve sustainable independence…and leave crisis behind.
Such was the story of Brittanie, who joined the Single Moms group and found the help and hope she needed. Through hard work and determination, Brittanie was able to complete her Bachelor’s degree at the local college and has been accepted into Florida State University’s Master’s program. She plans to get her degree in Social Work so that she is in a position to help others at CALM House.
Our “fixer upper” project is nearing completion. Note the kitchen renovation in progress:
Our spring 2018 fundraiser was a huge success. Thanks to generous donations and the support of the entire community, we raised over $25,000. Additionally, many hours of hard work have been donated by Mission Northwest Florida, Rotary Club of Niceville, cheerleaders, Eagle Scouts and more.
CALM Organization, Inc. is a privately funded 501(c)(3) and is solely dependent on generous donors for support. We are looking for families, companies, churches and organizations that want to be involved financially.