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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Life Choice Home will offer place for pregnant, minor, homeless girls over 18. Briel told Goedde that the girls were often forced to live with their boyfriends, return to abusive homes or have abor- tions. She noted that the Evansville community was just not aware of the extent of the problem, and she asked Goedde, "Wouldn't it be nice to start a home for these kids?" When he agreed, they began putting together plans for a shelter designed specifically for pregnant, minor, homeless girls. They were determined that the home would be "100 percent pro- life," Goedde said. "That means no abortion, even in the case of rape and incest." They put together a board of directors, and then they found an empty building, the former 12th Avenue Baptist Church, which Goedde Plumbing pur- chased. Architectural plans call for the conversion of the main floor of the building into offices and transitional housing for girls who have given birth and are keeping their babies. The former church area will be remodeled to include nine bedrooms, each with a private bath. The basement area of the building will contain bedrooms Open house An Open House will be held at the Life Choice Home from 2 to 4 p.m. December 8. The home is located in the former Twelfth Avenue Bap- tist Church, at 2225 West Indiana on Evansville's West- side. By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer A casual discussion has led to the promise of hope for girls who are pregnant, homeless and underage. This promise of hope is the Life Choice Home, which is in the process of being estab- lished on Evansville's Westside. Over a year ago, Mike Goedde was doing some volunteer work at the Ozanam Family Shelter, when Penny Briel, director, mentioned to him that she was turning away several girls a month who were homeless, pregnant and under 18. The Ozanam Shelter provides services to families and persons The logo of the Life Choice Home signifies the concept, "Abortion stops a beating heart, and God starts a beating heart," according to Mike Goedde, president of the Life Choice Home board of directors. for up to 17 pregnant girls, and a kitchen and eating area. The building will also contain lounge areas, laundry facilities, and liv- ing space for group parents. It will be, Goedde says, a "home for the homeless, street kids and runaways. That way, we can take a girl and give her an option. We can take her off the streets, and save two lives." Counselors in the Evansville area have already agreed to vol- unteer with the girls, and there will be no pressure -- either" way for a girl to put her child up for adoption or to keep it. The home will provide a highly- structured setting for the girls, Goedde says, as well as a variety of classes, including parenting classes. The girls who are in the transitional housing will be expected to attend school, and to find child care for their babies Washington Catholic building campaign hits $2 million mark The fund drive for the Wash- ington Catholic School Building Campaign has received dona- tions, or five-year pledges, of over $2 million, according to John Dayton, treasurer of the Washington Catholic building committee. The goal of the campaign is $2.5 million. "We have reached 80 percent of our goal at this stage," Day- ton said, "The last 20 percent of any fund drive is always the most difficult to attain, but the committee is optimistic if we continue to work hard, we will be able to reach our goal." Dayton said that the commit- tee anticipates receiving addi- tional pledge cards from Wash- ington area residents. Dayton noted that pledge cards from out-of-town alumni were just beginning to be received. , i, i i ul , Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 ill 00tbnit00elbanh RESTAURANT From southern German dishes to seafood and steaks, dining at the "Schnitz'" is wonderful! 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