Home, sweet home

Jesus Center opens home for pregnant women and babies

The Jesus Center has opened a home for new and expecting mothers experiencing homelessness. The first guests moved into the Joseph P. Lily House July 12, and it will eventually be able to house four women and their babies until the children reach 1 year old.

A “house mother” will live on-site to offer support.

The house, donated by a community member who wishes to remain anonymous, will receive ongoing support from the congregation of Chico’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Other agencies that helped with the house include the Chico Posse Foundation, which provided furnishings, and local Girl Scouts, who built a backyard sandbox.

The Lily House is the sixth house opened by the Jesus Center and the first for pregnant women and new mothers. A seventh home—Holly House—is expected to open next month, and will provide transitional housing for women experiencing homelessness.