11Alive helps rebuild home for sexually exploited girls | News
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Be Rich --- it's not what you get, but what you give. It's a movement of generosity in metro Atlanta created by North Point Church Ministries in Alpharetta.
11Alive has joined the movement by rallying around the fight to stop underage sex trafficking. And we've chosen Wellspring Living to "be rich."
Wellspring Living provides a safe haven and a chance for young sexually exploited girls to rebuild their lives.
The 11Alive Help Desk took a mission with Wellspring that was quite focused. The mission was to get the necessary supplies to make its primary living facility a central place of refuge for 16 young, sexually exploited girls.
The Wellspring campus sits on a secluded acreage, and is designed to provide comfortable living along with therapy and training for its young residents.
The main building on the campus has stood abandoned for many years.
"The structure is great, but the building hasn't been used for a while so what we want to do is rebuild it," said Mary Frances Bowley, CEO and President of Wellspring Living.
"We want the place where they live to be something absolutely beautiful that lets them know they are of great value," she added.
But to turn the building into a first-class living and teaching space required a lot.
"The plumbing supplies obviously are a major expense," Bowley said. "When you have to replace everything, pipes and all. That's a huge need that we have."
The Help Desk located an anonymous donor who will provide all of the major plumbing supplies so the home will have what the young residents would find in the finest homes.
But that was not all.
Wellspring needed flooring, which was another major expense.
And the Atlanta Flooring and Design Centers of Suwanee, stepped up to the challenge. Atlanta Flooring will work with Wellspring Living to help supply and install the best vinyl flooring available.
"We are so excited that Channel 11 is helping us to get the supplies we need to really make this a beautiful place," Bowley said.
And the Help Desk will continue to work with Wellspring until it welcomes its first young residents to the new campus.