Boca Raton, FL – Place of Hope at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus is answering the need for more affordable housing for mothers in crisis by updating The Leighan Roberts Rinker Parenting Cottage and making it more functional for young women and children to safely reside in. The Leighan Roberts Rinker Parenting Cottage has served foster children, young adults, human trafficking survivors, and now single mothers.
The renovation began with Place of Hope “Angel Moms” of the Rinker Campus who volunteer their time and efforts to the organization. When Angel Mom Katharine Moss was in the cottage to replace bedding for the residents, she saw opportunities for making the space more functional. Creating a more functional space turned into painting and not too long after the entire cottage was being updated.
“It was a labor of love,” said Katharine Moss, longtime Place of Hope supporter. Moss’ mission is to increase awareness for Place of Hope and help those in need. She does so with generous support from Moss Construction, calling upon friends and acquaintances to donate time and resources, and keeping God at the center of her work such as The Leighan Roberts Rinker Parenting Cottage. “My goal is to lift up the kids that need help, so they know someone loves them,” said Moss. She noted how the project came together organically just as God was often the topic of discussion among contractors working on site who were unfamiliar with the support Place of Hope gives for desperate children, youth, and families.
“Katharine quickly sprang into action and recruited multiple partners to support the renovation of this beautiful home. She leveraged relationships in the community to help purchase new furnishings and décor,” said Lisa McDulin, Director of Advancement in South County. “We are grateful to Katharine for leading the way on this project as well as the team from Moss Construction who provided oversight and project management. It took many hands to make this happen, and we are thankful for every contribution made by the many sub-contractors who participated and businesses that provided goods and services for the home.”
Residents will be moving into the cottage this month and are very eager. They received lessons and resources on household essentials such as cleaning, fire safety, changing smoke detector batteries, and more thanks to the help of Moss. The cottage is slated to be at full capacity as the young moms and children move in this month.
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Thank you to the project volunteers and sponsors: All Knight Services, Inc., Alpha Glass & Mirror, Davis Electric, Ital Kraft, LCF, Lotspeich Co. of FL, Inc., Mid South painting, Inc., Moss, Nature of Marble, Moss Foundation, ROO Renovations, Southeast Mechanical Contractors, Morris Creative Group, Personal Touch Professional Services, Mary Virginia Darby, Andrea and George Fletcher, Bonnie and Gary Hildebrand, Zaid Jarrar, Katharine and Scott Moss, Sandra and Bob Moss, Bernard Paul-Hus, Ed and Norma Smoker.