The Journey House 

A new safe haven is opening in Dexter. Penquis held the ribbon cutting today for their Journey House. The goal of the home is to provide a safe environment for unwed mothers between the ages of 16 and 21, who either already have children or are pregnant.”It’s really important that these girls that are in crisis or in transition like this to have a safe home and for them to also have a good support system.” Says a house mother.The Journey House in Dexter will provide temporary housing and a nurturing environment for young, unwed mothers. Four girls at a time will be able to live at the house and learn life skills in a family focused atmosphere.”The mealtime specifically is something we make a big priority. We’re really gonna all try to eat together as much as we can and get that good family feeling and that sharing and that openness going.”There will be a house mother there to guide the girls, and a major goal is to help them become self sufficient through education.”Their life has been interrupted but they very much want to get on track and be able to complete their education and provide for their family.”One reason Penquis chose Dexter as a location is the school system, but the main reason was the perfect house they were able to purchase – it’s the right size and meets all of the childcare requirements.”The size of your windows, the way your stairs rise and the distance between them… That you have the ability to put in a sprinkler system, those are just mandatory and this house worked.”They’re still moving in and setting up. But they say the home should be ready for the first girl in about three weeks.The organiziation is still looking for donations to furnish the house. You can contact Penquis at 973-3500.