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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. I wasn’t homeless, but the types of girls that were brought into our life, they were homeless and they would come to me and I would say well, wash the dishes.” “I don’t know how,” the women would say, and so the idea of 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. 

“So that’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 non profit got started

The organization started in 2016. Synetta started very local – she purchased some abandoned buildings across the street from her house, and started fundraising. One estimate for the rehab costs for both buildings was $350,000– one building is completely collapsed inside. “That’s kind of good because you can do it the way you want,” Synetta says. She is consulting with an architect to get a better idea of what that final layout might look like. 

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 their housing, where they can stay for 2 years as they find a sense of stability and learn basic life skills, and get 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. They also do fish-frys over the summer, 

“It’s been mostly family and friends [helping out]..my family will be staffing the home. Me and my board members going out to our jobs and to the community,” sharing the mission of the Home.

 

A Dream Deferred

Through Covid and some setbacks with the original location of the home, there have been speedbumps in the project. But Synetta has been working towards this dream since she was 15 years old, and is not going to stop now. 

Synetta hopes that through partnering with ReVitalize, the community can rally around her vision and help make it a reality. “This is something that’s needed and it’s something that’s dear to my heart and I just need to do it.”

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