Wellroot Holds a Service Blessing Apartments and Young Residents


When teenagers in foster care turn 18, they have the option to stay in state care and receive supportive services that will help them make the challenging transition toward independence. However, these courageous, brave youth often do not have a family support network and need assistance establishing a path towards successful adult lives. 

In June 2022, Wellroot Family Services purchased a property in Decatur with plans to provide housing for young adults currently in their Transition and Independent Living Program and, potentially, young families in their Family Housing Program.

“We chose the Decatur property because of its close proximity to jobs, public transportation, and its location in the vibrant Oakhurst community,” Wellroot CEO Allison Ashe said. “We are excited about this property. It is an ideal location for the young adults we serve. Our long-term plans include remodeling the existing single-family home in the center to create a commons area that we can use for resident activities and life skills training.”

Bless This Place
On May 5, Wellroot held a blessing ceremony for the property and the young residents, with board members, staff, and friends of Wellroot in attendance.

“We pray to God that he will bless this place and the young people who call this home. Be with them, bind them together in strong relationships. We pray, oh God, for their safety, their peace, their security, and their prosperity in this life," said Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas, Central South District Superintendent.

Remodeling Plans
Phase one of remodeling, which began in October 2022, included roof installation, foundation repairs, safety improvements and other cosmetic enhancements. Phase two has just begun. This includes remodeling the existing footprint to create a central services building, upgrading the individual apartments, and other enhancements that will reflect the character of the surrounding neighborhood.

Wellroot’s residential programs serve young adults ages 18-24 who were previously in foster care, and young families who need stable housing.  The programs provide support services including ongoing life skills development, financial literacy, tutoring, and career development. To learn more about our programs, visit www.Wellroot.org/our-programs.