Children’s home to take in kids during summer

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Mary Gilday and Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Williams install insulation in a bedroom Friday at the Adullam Household of Faith dormitory in Patterson.
(The Daily Review Photo by Zachary Fitzgerald)

From left, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Tadd Martin, Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Williams, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Rose install insulation inside a bedroom Friday at the Adullam Household of Faith dormitory in Patterson.
(The Daily Review Photo by Zachary Fitzgerald)

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

Construction on the Adullam Household of Faith dormitory resumed last week after about a four-month hiatus, but the home for children of incarcerated women should be able to start taking in children this summer, the Rev. Marty Harden of Bethel Pentecostal Church said.
Construction was held up about four months due to issues with installing the sprinkler system including fire marshal approval, Harden said. The dormitory is being built on Bethel Pentecostal Church’s property in Patterson.
On Friday, members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Morgan City volunteered to install insulation in the dormitory.
Getting the sprinkler system installed held up construction on the building for four months, Harden said. The sprinkler system was completed about a week ago. The target date to finish construction is in May, and Harden hopes to be able to start taking in children by the summer, he said.
Now that the 4-inch water line connected to the sprinkler system is in place, brick work can begin on the building, Harden said. “It’ll start rolling now. We’re excited. It’s been a three-year project,” Harden said.
During those three years, the church has built office and storage facilities for the household, he said.
Church members also bought the old Pizza Hut in Patterson, remodeled it into GameDay Pizza and hope they can use the restaurant to raise money to help pay for the cost of running the home, Harden said. Harden also hopes the restaurant can be a place for the mothers of the children at the home to be able to work once they are released from prison, he said.
The home will start out bringing children from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel, which averages 49 births per year, Harden said. “A good percentage of them will go into the foster care system unless a mother chooses this option,” Harden said.
The Adullam Household of Faith plans to make a presentation to mothers at the prison on Mother’s Day, Harden said. The household is modeled after the Adullam House in Wetumpka, Ala.
Matthew and Kelly Williamson, members of Bethel Pentecostal Church, will run the household and serve as the mother and father figures to the children. The church has plans to eventually build more dormitories on its property in Patterson.

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