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A Dream House For Kids

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The latest in medical technology has saved them but left them so helpless that many times, their family doesn#t have the knowledge or skills to take care of them. So they spend months or even years in cold, sterile hospital rooms without the love and nurture they need.

These children need memories of childhood, not nightmares of scary equipment and procedures. They need their family and friends, not just staff to help them. They need The Dream House for Kids # a place where medically fragile children can live and grow, achieve their maximum potential, realize their individual worth and be a productive member of their family and community.

The Dream House for Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides a transitional foster home for children who have become medically dependent on physical life-supporting treatments and equipment. The Dream House gives them the chance to learn, attend school and develop self-supporting knowledge and behaviors while in a loving and supportive environment.

Evolving from a dream of Laura Moore”s that began when she was three, The Dream House for Kids is her solution to these children”s needs. “There is no voice for these children. Many people have no idea they exist and have no idea of their condition. In the Atlanta area alone, there are 20 to 30 medically fragile children right now that need a home.” A pediatric nurse, Moore has spent the last 15 years developing the skills and expertise in management she needs to run the Dream House.

But the Dream House needs your help before it can help these children. The organization is in the process of raising money to purchase a large home on almost five acres. Once the house is bought, it will be renovated into the perfect home and a teaching facility where family members can learn how to take care of their children. Moore envisions having a place where potential foster, kinship or adoptive parents can actually live with the children and learn their care before taking them home. The Dream House will also provide housing for medical students in exchange for evening help and will eventually host workshops for other states to implement their own Dream Houses.

The Dream House has already raised $30,000 for the $50,000 down payment on the house. Once they have the down payment, the organization will either buy or lease the house and begin renovations. They also need volunteers at the Dream House, families to sponsor a child and companies or people to volunteer services and finances. You can make the Dream House become a reality and improve the quality of children”s lives through a simple donation.

To make a donation or for more information, call Laura Moore, president and executive director of The Dream House for Kids at 770-717-7410 or visit www.dreamhouse4kids.org.