home arrow METRO arrow From homeless to birthday homeowner

Login Form






Lost Password?
No account yet? Register
DIGITAL EDITION
From homeless to birthday homeowner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, 13 May 2013

birthday-partnership_web.jpgJUPITER — Dawn Marie Turner, a former foster child who now works for a child welfare organization in Palm Beach Gardens, celebrated a major personal milestone by breaking ground on her new Habitat for Humanity home as part of her 26th birthday celebration.

Turner, a resident of Villages of Hope, a support community for emancipated foster youth, is also an employee of Place of Hope, which serves area foster children.

She is part of the direct care staff at Joann’s Cottage for pregnant and/or young mothers and the Seven Stars Emergency Shelter for boys removed from urgent situations, both of which are Place of Hope programs.

Turner’s path brought her to Villages of Hope after she became homeless, following a childhood traumatized with abuse and neglect. Her mother suffered from drug and alcohol abuse, which left her lost, angry and fearful.

Turner changed her life with the help of a surrogate mother and then Villages of Hope.

On her April 17th birthday, Turner was recognized for her effort to earn homeownership, which included volunteering and being employed. The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, sponsored Turner’s home, which sped up the construction by several months.

The event featured comments by Turner, a representative of Habitat for Humanity and The Breakers, along with a blessing of the ground and a groundbreaking with ceremonial shovels. The new homes are part of Kennedy Estates of Jupiter, which is under construction.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comments.

busy
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 May 2013 )
 
< Prev   Next >
 
Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone featureMicrosoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature
NEW YORK — Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices last Wednesday as it seeks to gain tra...
Read more...
Google Glass, good for cooking, needs InternetGoogle Glass, good for cooking, needs Internet
NEW YORK — Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while...
Read more...
FTC says operators of jerk.com deceived consumersFTC says operators of jerk.com deceived consumers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badl...
Read more...
‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded ‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded
A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, Rio 2 is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set ...
Read more...

The most influential African American weekly newspaper in South Florida

Beatty Media LLC