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April 20, 2021

Public Safety & Education

The (W)right Home

The Wright Home is a Non Profit Organization seeking to improve the lives of homeless women.

Synetta Wright is a woman with a mission– creating a space for homeless women with children, where they can learn basic life skills and take classes for the GED. “I was a young teen mother, and while I wasn’t homeless, I meet other young teen mothers who were homeless and didn’t have structure or support in their home lives.” “I specifically remember asking a young lady to wash the dinner dishes and she replied, “I don’t know how.” And that is when the idea of the The (W)right Home was born. Synetta knew she could help to teach them basic skills and give them a stable environment to create their own change. 

 

“It’s been my dream since I was 15 years old. I just want to help homeless women and children to get off the street and to get to a better life.”

 

How the nonprofit got started

The organization started in 2016. Synetta started very local – the Organization purchased some abandoned buildings on her block and began fundraising for their rehabilitation. One estimate for the rehab costs for both buildings was $350,000– one building is completely collapsed inside. “My board of directors and I believe this to be the perfect opportunity to design the buildings as we deem appropriate for our clientele.” We are currently consulting with an architect to determine the final layout.

The buildings are designed as two-family flats. The goal is to start with 6 women, in between 18-25 with at least 2 children. One of the buildings will be used to house the women and children, where they can live for 2 years as they find a sense of stability, learn basic life skills and recieve support in achieving their goals. The other building will be used for offices, a kitchen, and classrooms for study and activities. Along with studying for the GED, the Home will offer economic development classes and job training, home economics, and cooking classes. It will have a daycare, and a food pantry and clothes pantry to help provide everything the women need under one roof. 

 

The impact of Covid on fundraising

Normally, Synetta is able to host 3 fundraisers per year to work towards the rehab costs of the buildings– a popcorn drive, a golf tournament, and a Christmas raffle. The W(right) Home also sponsors fish fry’s over the summer which have been very successful.

“The families, friends, and business associates of our board of directors have been a solid support in our fundraising efforts and my family will be staffing the Home.” 

 

A Dream Deferred

COVID-19 and other setbacks with location of the Home have created delays in the project, but Synetta has been working towards this dream since she was 15 years old and has no intention of stopping now.

Synetta Wright hopes that through partnering with ReVitalize, the community can rally around her vision and help make it a reality. “This is something that is desperately needed and that is dear to my heart. It is a calling that I believe is mine to achieve.”

 

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