Manna gives home to orphans

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 10/06/2013 10:53 pm Published: 10/06/2013 10:33 pm

A new nonprofit organization offers teenage girls a home as they age out of DHS foster care.

"Prepare them for adulthood but not force them into it before they’re ready," Ashley Walker said while describing the goal of Project Manna Girls Home. "I just see a lot of them lacking the life skills that they need and lacking the life skills that we were all granted." 

25-year-old Walker stills works a full-time job but she started the organization that she hopes will grow in time. 

"There's a huge gap in services you have these girls that are in shelters," she said. 

Her new home in Broken Arrow it furnished to fit six girls and she already has two living with her. In January she said she plans to start fundraising to buy more land to build a home in the city of Tulsa. 

She said the dangers of girls entering adulthood without proper guidance can be detrimental.

"[They] get involved in drugs, a lot of them will start prostituting a lot of them will get into unhealthy relationships and you see them in domestic violence situations," she said.


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