Flint man turns abandoned home into teen mom shelter

A Flint man's dedication to his community is creating a sustainable home for teen mothers.

From a handy-man making repairs on a home to owning that home. Flint resident, Stephen James is opening his doors to teen moms in need.

Through a vision of sustainability the home is setting the foundation to keep it running with limited or no government funding.

"I just started to fall in love with this place," said Stephen James.

The once abandoned 1913 home is now serving a greater purpose.

"There was more to this house than just a remodeling job," said James.

The properties greenhouse produces vegetables for area businesses year-round. But the house is also giving teen moms a roof over their heads.

"These are young women who are about to and who have had their baby," said James.

For her security the woman living in the home is unable to go on camera but James shares what the home has meant to her.

"See her through her pregnancy of a premature boy and just tried our best through this hard time," said James.

With help from his family and the single moms living there, the home is operational with heat and a garden held together by items all found on the house's property.

"We are called to be fathers of the fatherless," said James.

With no kids of his own James' personal calling is to help his city and change the lives of Flint teen moms.

"We have an opportunity to change not only their lives but their children," said James.

James says funding for charities and similar efforts is coming from a shrinking pot. He says footing the bill to make the home livable can be a burden.

"Yet we know that the burdens that we go through now are a sacrifice for the future," said James.

As part of James' ongoing mission the pumpkins grown on the property are going to Holmes Elementary children for what they are calling the great pumpkin smash Monday at noon.