New Life Children’s Center is growing! Thanks to many generous donors, New Life will be able to provide help, healing, and hope to 20 additional girls starting this fall. New Life currently serves 60 girls between the ages of 11 and 17. These young ladies have experienced deep trauma related to their past, which often included physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. New Life is a healing place for girls labeled by the state of Texas as in need of “specialized and intensive” care.
With the addition of the new dormitory, named “The Lieder Family Dormitory II” (after LSS friends Mildred and Lawrence Lieder), New Life can care for some of the most traumatized girls in the state. These 20 individual-sized rooms will allow New Life to treat and care for girls who might otherwise be placed in a psychiatric hospital due to risky behaviors such as cutting and suicide attempts. Once these behaviors are under control, these girls will be able to transition into one of the three other, less restrictive dormitories on campus.
Because New Life’s population will soon expand to accommodate 80 girls, preparations are underway all over the campus. Two new classrooms are under construction so that Trinity Charter School will have space to accommodate the increased number of residents. Lisa Brown, director of Volunteer Services, is collecting necessary items such as toiletries, linens, and gift cards for clothing.
The Lieder Family Dorm II is expected to open in early September with a grand opening planned for early October. As you can see by the following photo album, the dorm is coming along beautifully. With its attractive stone exterior and an interior bathed in natural light, you might forget that it is built to take a beating. The walls are constructed to be sturdy, fire-resistant, and dense to diminish the noise. All of these factors will create a safe and comfortable space for future residents to go to heal.
Have a look at the progress!
For updates on the new dorm construction, to watch New Life grow, and to become involved in helping, please visit the New Life facebook page.