The old Victorian home that sits at 38 Madison Ave. in Springfield doesn't look like much from the outside with its peeling paint and old roof.
But when Linda Mumblo looks at it, she sees something much different.
"I see families bonding together, working together, growing together. I see the children happy, I see the children feeling safe for the first time in a very long time."
Linda Mumblo is the founder and president of Christina's House. It's an idea for a transitional home for women and their children to move into for a two-year stay. It offers something beyond a bed and a meal.
"I see hope, I see a hope for them, I see hope for their future," Mumblo said.
She grew up in Springfield and has seen the homeless people throughout the area, but wanted to give women and their children somewhere safe to get back on their feet.
"There are over 2,000 living in motels right now and the children don't have a place to eat, they don't have kitchens so they're forced to eat in soup kitchens… The Lord really placed it on my heart to do something about it," she said.
Her daughter-in-law, Shannon Mumblo, has worked as a social worker and a nurse and now serves as the director of Christina's House.
"It's just something I knew I was meant to do and called to do and so here I am," Shannon Mumblo said.
For her, the mission is personal.
"When I was younger and I needed somebody to help, I had fortunately a family member who was able to help me. And if I didn't have that, I don't know where I would've been."
For two years the women and their kids invited into the home will be supervised by a married couple living there, learn from mentors and get access to education.
"That education is going to be brought in through colleges, it's going to be brought in through volunteers, it's going to be brought in through state-funded facilities who are going to come and work with the children," Shannon Mumblo said.
Currently, Linda and Shannon Mumblo are hoping to secure $50,000 for the mortgage on the church-owned property and to begin making necessary repairs.
They are a third of the way towards that goal. But almost every day they're seeing more help from the community and more people asking how they can be a part of it.
"When people come in, they can see the vision, they can see what we're trying to do. They can feel it and they can see it and it pulls it all together in that house," Linda Mumblo said.
They hope to begin moving women and their children in next spring.
"Every time a woman calls and is in need of a home, we feel that pressure, we want it open yesterday," Shannon Mumblo said.
The first annual Christina's House Christmas Ball will be at the Springfield Marriott on Dec. 6 starting at 6:30. Tickets are $100 and can be ordered by clicking here.
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