New Teen Foster Home Breaks Ground in Sault Ste. Marie

“Help these kids out and give them a home and give them a place where they can feel like they’re really connected and have somebody who cares about them.”

An idea three years ago became reality Thursday for a new teen foster home in Sault Ste. Marie.

They broke ground on the nearly 6,000 square foot home this afternoon.

The $1.1 million project will be built next to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The foster home will be financed but people have also donated money.

State funding per child will help with monthly costs with normal state aid for foster care.

The 12 room unit will also house an emergency shelter.

“It is kind of sad because it really brings it home. Now you know what the realities are and how much these kids are actually suffering in the community” said Tracey Holt, the president of the Chippewa County Family Project. “It’s really an honor to come forward and help these kids out.”

Holt says the home itself should be finished in about six months.

They are hoping it will be open for use by the end of the 2019-20 school year.