Royal Children's Mansion, which is affiliated with the Terre Haute church New Life Fellowship, is in the process of applying for a state group-home license, said Jeffrey Harpole, the church's pastor.
Last summer, the church bought a house and 30 acres in the East Glenn area to continue its vision of helping children.
"There is such a need for us to do something," Harpole
said."We don't want to just preach about the love of God and do nothing about what we talk about."
The process of applying for a license from the Indiana Department of Child Services
will take months, Harpole
"There are a lot of requirements," he
said."We're following every requirement of the state and it is up to the state to grant approval."
The idea to open a group home began about a year ago, he
"I have been told that there is a lack of places to put children and our only thought is to join those who have already dedicated themselves to this mission," Harpole
Organizers dream of offering a short-term emergency shelter and a group home for children.But those operating parameters, including the age and number of children allowed in the home, will be left to the state.
"It's whatever the state decides," Harpole
The church has formed a group-home committee and is connecting with community members for support.
The church has made other investments for area families and children.Last year, they fed Thanksgiving dinners to more than 130 needy families who did not qualify for financial assistance and plan to feed 500 families this year, Harpole
"This is our vision," said Harpole
, after describing the church's desire to care for needy children in a group-home setting.