A New Chapter Begins: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Hope at Cottages on Grove

Eustis, FL witnessed a momentous occasion on Wednesday, June 7th, 2024, with the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Cottages on Grove. This innovative project, a collaboration between Forward Paths Foundation and HomeAid Orlando, marks a significant step forward in providing stable and supportive housing for at-risk youth transitioning out of foster care.

The ceremony, held on the two-acre site adjacent to the First United Methodist Church, was a vibrant display of community spirit. Local dignitaries, representatives from Forward Paths and HomeAid, and excited supporters gathered to celebrate this milestone. The energy was palpable as anticipation buzzed for the official opening of the tiny home village.

The partnership includes builders Taylor Morrison and Ashton Woods; the builders got together and saved $400,000 collectively on this $1.1M project that took 10 years to plan. Construction only took 6 months.

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“These cottages are much more than just tiny homes,” expressed Jacob Bonynge, President of Forward Paths. “They represent a launching pad for these young adults to learn the skills of independent living, a stepping stone towards a brighter future.”

The cottages, each boasting a comfortable 610 square feet, offer a safe and secure environment for these young individuals. They’ll have the opportunity to develop essential life skills in a supportive community, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment.

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The ceremony itself was a heartwarming affair. After opening remarks by city officials and representatives from the partner organizations, the symbolic ribbon was cut, officially declaring The Cottages on Grove open. The joyous event concluded with refreshments and tours of the beautifully crafted tiny homes, allowing attendees to envision the positive impact this project will have.

The Cottages on Grove stands as a beacon of hope, not just for the youth it serves, but for the entire Eustis community. It’s a testament to the power of collaboration and the unwavering commitment to supporting those in need. This innovative solution offers a chance for these young adults to build a strong foundation, and Eustis has stepped up to provide the support they deserve.