Barbara’s House is named after longtime MESA treasurer Barbara Sherman and has been a residential transitional housing program for families in need since October 2002. The house is a 3,000-square-foot-plus, three-story, five-unit apartment building-style structure that houses families or individuals who need a safe and secure place to reorganize their lives. Families are allowed to stay rent-free for up to a year, while various community mentors guide them on a more stable and productive journey.
Barbara’s House was planned and built using mostly volunteer labor. The house hosts two three-bedroom and three two-bedroom furnished units. There is also an onsite playground that provides a safe place to play outside.
Residents are selected for Barbara’s House following an interview with several mentors. Preference is given to Madison County residents.
In addition to financial donations, Barbara’s House is always looking for qualified volunteer mentors from the community for its Families in Transition program. An ideal mentor is someone who is stable, patient, caring, has good listening ability, at least high school education and a willingness to work with others. Mentors encourage the participants as they set achievable goals for themselves and their families.
To apply, contact MESA at (540) 948-4427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.