Tim Kelley, Senior Pastor of Grace Connection Church located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, addressed members of the Kiwanis Club of Clermont. He reflected on and shared with us the day his 20 year old daughter was accidentally shot in the church and how he and his wife’s lives were changed forever. Pastor Tim told us that the opportunity presented itself in 2017 for him to open a children’s home and he named it Hannah Grace Homes, dedicated to his daughter’s memory.
Hannah Grace Homes is a “state licensed group home working within the foster care system and is located on Green Isle Drive in Groveland, Florida. It is designed to care for young children between the ages of 8-17. Rev. Jim said there are currently 30 children between the age of 6-17 residing at this facility. These facilities are staffed by a rotating staff of behavioral and medical staff who reside in each home.
Hannah Grace Homes residents now include siblings whereas before it was designed to house children rescued from violence, neglect and abuse. The facility receives state funding and also donations from well-wishers and provides safety, security and love for its residents.
He described some of the activities of the residents – daily and weekly chores and regular doctor and dental visits. They attend local schools and are transported by house parents. Additional academic assistance is coordinated through the school district. Each day ends with devotional time and residents attend church on weekends. Members were so moved by his presentation that many of them requested to tour the facility. Arrangements are being for this visit.
President Del Brandt thanked Rev. Tim Kelley for a very informative presentation and wished him well. He presented him with a Club Pin.