Before Paige began to GROW at the Alpha‑Omega Miracle Home (AOMH) in St. Augustine, she had survived one foster home after another. At the age of 16, she was on her own. At 17, her first child was born. As time went by, her son Jacob’s behavior deteriorated – eventually he would be diagnosed with Autism. Not long after, came the devastating news of her Fathers death. She was 20 years old, in an abusive relationship and pregnant with her second child.
Paige heard about AOMH and was soon accepted as a resident. Her first weeks there proved challenging and one day everything appeared to be falling apart again. Jacob’s outbursts boiled over and Lisa Franklin, AOMH Founder and CEO, found it necessary to intervene. From past experience, Paige knew her time at AOMH was over. It was time for her to find someplace else to live. Out of frustration, Paige blurted out “I know you’re going to kick us out, Jacob is just too bad”! Lisas own experience as a young single mother meant that she understood Paiges struggles. Instead of asking Paige and her son to leave, she instead reassured her that we were there to help.
The demonstration of unconditional love marked a turnaround in Paige’s life and serves as a great example of AOMH’s mission: To demonstrate God’s love by providing housing, education, and counseling to those who are most vulnerable: young mothers and their children and senior women.
Now, Paige, along with AOMH’s help, landed a para-professional position at her son’s school and is in the process of becoming a homeowner through Habitat for Humanity.
AOMH continues to expand and is working to build a new campus off of State Road 16 in St. Augustine. Each young mother reached, is an opportunity just like Paige of a life transformed by the practical demonstration of God’s love.
Alpha‑Omega Miracle Home Began with a Vision
In 1993, in response to a prayer, Lisa Franklin had a vision of bringing the needs of young single mothers together with the wisdom of older women together. That first part of that vision became a reality in 1999 with AOMH’s first home in Hastings, Florida that ministered to 13 to 18 year-old single mothers. In 2007, the first six units at the current campus were leased and AOMH expanded its focus to mothers from 18 to 28 years old, providing them with a stable living environment and teaching them to GROW:
Gain – Gaining knowledge of what needs to change in your life.
Rise – Rising to the challenge of what it takes to make the changes.
Open – Opening the doors to the new changes in your life.
Win – Walking into self-sustaining success!
In 2009, AOMH layered in the second part of the vision: older women living with the single mothers. The arrangement provides the older woman an opportunity to share wisdom that they have gained during their lifetime and also teaches practical skills of what day-to-day life looks like when sharing living space; respecting other people and learning to work together: real-world skills that will help the young mothers succeed once leave AOMH.
Alpha‑Omega Miracle Home Activities
AOMH runs a diaper bank that Lisa says is a miracle in itself. Whenever it seems they are running low, new supplies (which AOMH will gratefully accept from you) almost always appear. Through the generosity of church groups, schools, women’s club, individuals and civic groups, AOMH is able to provide each new participant with a welcome basket of toiletries and other items to help acclimate to the new living space. In addition to directly working with the young mothers who live on campus, AOMH helps support its activities through two thrift stores (one in St. Augustine, one in Jacksonville).
Bethesda Farm’s financial support of Alpha‑Omega Miracle Home began with a $50,000 matching funds grant and continues through underwriting AOMH efforts to seek out and procure available grants. Next Saturday, April 27, AOMH is hosting its “Family Fun Fest“. Bethesda Farm will be there, cooking our organic, pasture raised eggs for you and running a bounce house for the young and young-at-heart.