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Foundation funds Lackawanna respite home for families

A million dollar gift will help a Lackawanna child and family services agency build a house for visiting families to stay.

Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity will use money from the Moore for Kids Foundation for construction of a house on Martin Road, where a campus of buildings houses four programs ranging from foster care to residential treatment for young people with behavioral issues.

“It’s kind of our way of being able to keep families together,” said Tom Lucia, director of public relations for OLV Homes of Charity. “There’s hundreds of kids that we care for on an annual basis.”

When families come to visit they often can’t afford to rent rooms for extended stays. “This allows everybody to stay together, spend some time. Decompress, too. Services will be provided at the house,” Lucia said.

The new place will be called “Moore Kids Family House,” after the foundation. It will also give emergency shelter to children removed from hazardous living situations.

“Being able to provide families and young people with warmth, comfort and safety at a time when joy may be in short supply brings us immense satisfaction,” said a press release statement from Rob Moore, who started the foundation with his wife Kristi.

The new 3,100-square-foot home will be built at 100 Martin Road, the current site of an administrative building that will be torn down, said Lucia.

Another facility is under construction on the street to replace an existing structure and create new housing for young people now using cottages on Martin Road.

OLV Homes for Charity funds and supports Baker Victory Services, which counted more than 5,000 children, adolescents and families helped by its programs last year.