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It has been a year since they moved from the rental house to a brand new facility. One year since the blessing was given and the first mother-to-be crossed the threshold and moved into a place she can call home; if only temporarily. The O’Connor House is a haven for expectant mothers who are unmarried and do not have a place to live. And, the O’Connor House is known for being the only place in this area to accept women in crisis who also have other children.

Kris Bussick, the founder of O’Connor along with Collen Dulac said, “You can imagine the babysitting and logistical issues which crop up when women are trying to take care of their children, have no place to stay and are struggling to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Our house helps to alleviate that stress.”

The O’Connor House is a residential group home in Carmel whose mission is to help reduce homelessness and to provide food, clothing, transportation, guidance, support and educational programs. The women are guaranteed a safe and loving home for them to live, learn, establish a new foundation and improve their lives.

Coming March 2 at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel is the O’Conner House’s first post-new house fundraising effort. Dubbed Irish Blessings: A Night To Celebrate will truly be just that. Included for the price of admission is dinner, silent and live auctions and live Irish music with dancers. The event is a great opportunity to learn more about O’Connor House. Since opening in 2005 as a non-denominational home for unwed mothers, they have assisted more than 77 women and 75 children.

But, if dancing is not your thing, leave the dancing shoes at home and bring a hammer instead. They have a very nice, yet stark, unfinished basement which could use some finishing in the form of drywall. Or, should you just want to support the cause or find out more about the event, click www.theoconnorhouse.org.

Since moving to the new facility which had a major portion of its building costs underwritten through a grant, Bussick reports more visibility has led to more benefits for the residents including more volunteers. But, a disturbing trend indicates a growing segment of our population is homeless pregnant women. With the O’Connor House on solid financial footing, those women are less at risk and we are assured a healthy baby boy or girl welcomed into the world. Sign up for Irish Blessings.


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