Mimi’s House opens Bradley Menzel Miracle home for teenage boys
This is an expansion to their program. They opened a home for teen girls in the Casper community about a year ago.
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The new house mom at the Bradley Menzel Miracle home for boys hangs a sign that says “Our family-- just the right mix of chaos and love” on the wall. The Mimi’s house executive director and new house mom say this sign describes their situation perfectly.
This house for homeless boys ages 16 to 19 opened in early January. Chastidy Greenwood, the executive director, said they have one resident already. “We have 5 bedrooms but were are never going to turn anyone away right so we could have a houseful,” Greenwood said.
Greenwood adds this extension happened faster than they planned. “The boys have been calling more than the girls lately so I told my board that this is a huge need,” Greenwood said.
Getting this house so fast wouldn’t have been possible without community donations of money and time. Greenwood said they are able to give these teens a family with all of their help.
“We have family dinners where the girls cook and vice versa,” Greenwood said. Kim Perez, the house mom for the boy’s home, said this is her dream job. “I started the new year with this new job which also gave me new hope and excitement,” Perez said.
Perez added she’s been teaching the first resident of the home to different life skills like hooking up a washer and dryer. She’s loved being able to be there to support him. “[I love] being right there to listen and answer questions. He’s lived a lot of life,” Perez said.
She added she’s happy to be there to help local boys have a good life.
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