The first of four homes for foster kids on the KidSanctuary Campus opened this past December.
The second is expected to follow next summer.
Onshore Construction & Development broke ground on the Dodero Cottage for KidSanctuary Campus on Oct. 4.
The West Palm Beach-based nonprofit, founded four years ago by West Palm Beach resident Connie Frankino, provides safe homes for abused, abandoned and neglected kids.
“They’re so short of beds in this area for kids,” Frankino said. “This is such a needed organization.”
A total of four homes and an enrichment building are planned for the KidSanctuary campus, which is on 5 acres of land at Pioneer Road and Florida’s Turnpike.
The land was donated by the Palm Beach County Commission.
The homes will be managed by Place of Hope, a faith-based organization in Palm Beach Gardens that provides shelter for abused and abandoned children.
The first home, called the Rubin Cottage, is sponsored by the J.M. Rubin Foundation. It opened in December 2012 and houses six girls ages 5-18.
The second home, named after major donors Bill and Lorraine Dodero of Ohio, will feature six bedrooms, a kitchen, a recreation room, a living room and outdoor space.
“These are the most vulnerable children,” Lorraine Dodero said. “To be able to provide a safe haven with round-the-clock, professional house parents who care and guide them in the right direction is such an honor.”
The Dodero Cottage will house up to six children and their adult caretakers. The minimum stay is six months, though some kids might stay until they turn 18, Frankino said.
Like the Rubin Cottage, the 5,000-square-foot Dodero Cottage will be decorated by a team of a dozen top decorators. Furnishings will be donated by individuals and businesses.
More than $2.5 million has been raised to build the first two KidSanctuary homes, Frankino said. A capital campaign is in place to raise the money to complete the final two homes and enrichment building.
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For information or to donate, visit the KidSanctuary Campus page on Facebook.