Richie’s House will be more than just a place to help families who are struggling. It also will be a place to remember amlost loved one.
The Richie’s House Committee and Numana Inc. held the dedication for the new facility Monday evening.
“Denice and I are very excited about this project,” said Dick Morris, with Numana.
He said they wanted to dedicate the home, but needed to get that done quickly.
“There are actually families living at the lake in tents,” he said.
Dick and Denice’s son, Rich Morris, also addressed the group.
“Everybody being here gives me a warm feeling,” he said. “What we are trying to do here is provide something great for the community. I know there are 79 families in need. We want to help one at a time.”
Richie’s House will provide a place for two families to live while they get back on their feet.
Denice, on the Richie’s House Committee, said they gave the house to Numana, and their board will report to Numana on families’ progress. They will work with the Butler Homeless Initiative and Mid-Kap on recommended families. Those families will have a length of time they will be staying as well as goals they must meet in order to stay in the home, located at 200 S. Washington.
Denice explained if they meet their goals they can stay in the home. While each family will be different, the plan is for after a few months, the family to begin paying part of the rent, with their portion continuing to increase until they are paying full rent and are able to sustain themselves and move out.
“We want our people to thrive because they have met their goals,” she said.
The home has been remodeled with new wiring, plumbing and is fully furnished for the families, including washers and dryers, as well as supplies such as laundry detergent and sheets.
But the home is for more than just those in need. It is called Richie, V, in honor of Rich and his wife, Renee’s, son they lost.
Rich said people always want to hold on to the memories of their loved ones and this is one way they will remember their son.
“It’s pretty special for Renee and I to share in something like this,” Rich said.
He went on to talk about Dick.
“I have watched my father live and be a role model,” Rich said. “I’ve never met someone who wants to give back more.”
Page 2 of 2 - The dedication was concluded with a scripture and prayer by Pastor Andrew Conard, from the First United Methodist Church in El Dorado.
He asked for it not to just be a house, but to be a home and asked for help for those in poverty to be able to attain a sustainable life.
Also recognized during the dedication were the Richie’s House Committee of Denice, Tim Connell, Melody Gault, Joyce Stockham, Tobey Johnson and the Numana Board of Steve Pierce, Dick, Mike Kriewel, Kelly Wright, Allison Locke, Anna Vestring and Johnson.
They are continuing to seek assistance through donations, work to be done and monetary contributions.
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