Children in Crisis opens new foster home

Special to The Log
CIC Board of Directors (from left) John Wesley, Loyal Weaver, Dr. Lee Hale, Don Litke, Marni Roake, CIC president/CEO Ken Hair, Kitty Johnson, Mary Jane Ross, Sheila Campbell, JoAnne Connell, founder Sharilyn Darnell, Hu Ross and Eileen Arpke cut the ribbon on the Ty Pennington Family Foster Home. The home will provide a home to 12 at-risk children. Special to The Log

Children in Crisis cut the ribbon on their fifth new foster home, built to honor the life of Ty Autry Pennington, at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood in Fort Walton Beach. More than 200 community leaders and supporters were in attendance to witness yet another significant milestone in CIC’s development.

The new facility provides a home to 12 foster children and keeps siblings together. Construction of the home was made possible through a donation from Bill and Bobbi Pennington and Brian and Kim Pennington.

“We are very fortunate to have the wonderful support of our community," said Ken Hair, CIC president/CEO. "The CIC Board, donors and volunteers have proven how important it is for our community to provide a safe haven to the abused, neglected and abandoned children that may not have a place to live.”

CIC opened the Susanna Wesley House emergency shelter and Blessings House family foster home in 2008. The Dugas Family Foundation Neighborhood Center administrative facility and the Kids’ Clubhouse Recreation Center opened in 2009, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, (DCWAF) - Sue Sue's Cottage and the DCWAF Opportunity Teen Home in 2010. DCWAF - Ya Ya’s Home opened in 2013, the DCWAF – Travis Tringas Cottage in 2015, and the Ty Autry Pennington Home this month.

Since opening the first home, CIC has given a home to more than 650 children, kept all siblings together and helped with 26 foster children adoptions to forever homes.

CIC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charity of caring people that are helping with the severe shortage of foster homes in our community. The goal is to build an entire neighborhood of foster homes for the at-risk children of Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. For more information, call 864-4242 or visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org.