BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The need for housing for homeless women and children in Baton Rouge is growing. That is according to a faith-based program that has opened its doors to those living on the streets. Volunteers are calling on the community to help them carry out their mission.
Rhonda Altazin, founder of the Travail 6:33 House, treats the women who come into her transitional home with love and respect. Altazin gets a glimpse into each of their lives.
"You know what, the 10-year-old daughter staying in this room said 'Mom this is the answer to my prayer. I was praying we could go somewhere and not be separated,'" Altazin said.
Altazin said the women who live behind the house's doors were once lost, not knowing where their next meal would come from.
"Some of the ladies in our home have come from directly under the bridges and bushes of Baton Rouge," Altazin said.
Trevail is not a shelter. While the six-bedroom home is small, Altazin said it has everything most people need to make a fresh start. A computer lab, small library, a kitchen and volunteers encourage them to take on new responsibilities.
"Our ladies go to work. That's really what we want to do, to inspire them to want to work," Altazin said.
Inspirational phrases and scriptures are posted in every room of the home. Altazin said they are the foundation to everything she does. She said the hardest part is knowing that her services are limited.
"We turn away anywhere from one to nine ladies a day. Constantly we have people calling us. The need in our city is so exorbitant that we cannot physically accommodate every person in need," Altazin said.
Everything inside Trevail was donated. The women work to contribute to groceries and the basic necessities. Altazin said what the women need most is time and attention.
"We believe if we can renew our minds in Jesus Christ that everything else is going to fall into place," Altazin said.
There will be a banquet on November 6 at Bethany Church in Baker to help raise money for Travail House.