ZEPHYRHILLS — Trinity Outreach of Tampa Bay will soon complete renovation of the Trinity House in Zephyrhills that will provide life-changing help for women needing a fresh start.
The Trinity House, 5247 6th St., will house up to eight women for about 18 months while they receive lessons in financial management, child-rearing, cooking, sewing, seeking employment and other life skills
Trinity Outreach of Tampa Bay is a faith-based nonprofit organization that helps women from destructive or dysfunctional backgrounds.
Kristi Lefferts and Beverley Latibeaudiere are co-directors of Trinity Outreach. Lefferts, 42, originally from North Dakota, and Latibeaudiere, 44, a native of Great Britain and an ordained minister, are single moms who credit their meeting and their subsequent friendship to their sons, Nathan Lefferts and Brandon Latibeaudiere-Brown, both 7, who became friends at day care.
“Our sons brought us together,” Latibeaudiere said.
After getting to know each other, they found a passion for helping others. Lefferts, working with Everyday Blessings in Thonotosassa and as a guardian ad litem, has a desire to help children. Latibeaudiere has had a passion for helping women.
Trinity Outreach will offer faith-based lessons on daily living. To give the women the time to concentrate on these lessons, they will not be required to work after initially moving into the home.
“We want them to concentrate on getting life building blocks that they have missed,” Lefferts said. “We’re trying to unwind a lifetime of bad habits.”
“When they leave here they will be equipped to deal with life,” Latibeaudiere said.
Latibeaudiere and Lefferts say the home is not a domestic abuse shelter.
The purpose is to teach life skills to help women emerge from destructive lifestyles. For some it may be getting a G.E.D., and for others learning to budget and control spending.
To qualify, women should be at least 25 years old. They cannot have children who live with them, but part of the mission is to prepare women who have lost their children to foster care for a reunion with their kids.
Latibeaudiere and Lefferts hope to open the facility before the end of the year.
Trinity House is still in need of volunteers. It also hopes to raise additional funding. Trinity Outreach is privately funded and receives no government money.
Trinity Outreach is planning a Volunteer Outreach Day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Avenue in Zephyrhills. The event will be in the Fellowship Hall adjacent to the church. Refreshments will be available. To learn more about Trinity Outreach, contact Latibeaudiere or Lefferts at [email protected] or call (877) 333-1845 or visit Trinityoutreachtampabay .org.