Marion House to close its doors

Published 06/08 2014 10:49PM

Updated 06/08 2014 10:52PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)- Marion House, a group home and transitional apartment living for single teenage Moms, will be closings its doors and transitioning its assests to Freedom House Ministries at the end of the month.

The 6-room group home and 8-unit apartment building has seen a decline in the need for its services for a couple of years.

"The need for a group home type facility ahs changed dramatically over the years," said Ann Weiss, Marion House Board of Directors. "Primarily because the system is inclined to place these families in relative placement and/or foster placement, where they can have a homelike environment as oppose to a group home."

Weiss said they were looking for an organization that shared their mission in serving underpriveldge populations to take over Marion House's facilities.

Both organizations stress that none of their residents will become homeless.

Freedom House President Robyn Davis said that by gaining the additional living space, the organization will be able to serve some of the additional families who are currently on their waiting list.

For Raven Coley, a resident of Marion House for nearly two-years, the transition serves as a perfect time for her and her daughter to get back on their feet

"They helped me with knowing how to be a parent and what not to do and what to do," Coley said.

Freedom House was started in 1992 by several Green Bay churches to address the growing issue of homelessness within Brown County. Since its inception, it has served around 1,200 families, including 2,500 children in the surrounding area.

Copyright Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.