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Generation House in Elyria to aid families in need

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    Alex Marks and his son Donovan, 8, stand in front of Generation House in Elyria, which will be used to help families in need of help.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    The Generation House has on-site laundry for those who will stay at the house.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    The Generation House has several bedrooms where people can stay. The house can accommodate up to 12 people at a single time.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    The Generation House has a dinning room where guests will be able to enjoy meals with one another.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — Church of the Open Door is looking for families to make use of the recently opened Generation House to help families facing homelessness.

The transitional housing facility can accommodate up to four families with a total of 12 to 15 people.

“The idea of Generation House originally came from a recommendation and conversation from Mayor (Holly) Brinda, who identified this gap in service in Elyria,” Alex Marks, the church’s executive director said. “She has been a great advocate for the program, and the city has been supportive of our establishing the house and program.”

Marks said the focus will be on helping families gain independence and the program is involvement-based. Generation House will teach a variety of life skills that will help families succeed, such as meal planning and cooking.

“Someone might not know how to cook for a family of six, so they spend more money buying fast food,” he said.

The admission process to Generation House includes an application, interview and background check. Marks said families who have found themselves unexpectedly homeless are encouraged to apply by calling Church of the Open Door at (440) 323-4644.

Contact Cindy Breda 329-7126 or cbreda@chroniclet.com.

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