Family trading house for farm and foster kids
LAFAYETTE - A for sale sign swaying in the wind on a clear, sunny fall afternoon could be the key to successful futures to a handful of people the current homeowners have yet to meet.
The Breauxs are selling their house. They are trading their suburban lifestyle for the quiet country, where they plan to build a farm and let foster kids and those who are becoming too old for the system live there for free.
"We are going to teach them about gardening and cooking and nutrition," Chere Breaux said. Breaux and her husband are committed to the move. "We want to help them find cars, we want to help them find jobs. They'll have their own little place, and we'll just be mentors," she said in a recent TV interview.
Chere and her husband have fostered twenty-two kids in the last five years. She remembered one child who was nearing the age limit, and she felt worried.
"I just don't know what she would do without some help," Chere said. "They end up homeless, with unwed pregnancies or in jail. We want to change those numbers."
Once their home in Lafayette sells, the Breauxs plan to buy property in Opelousas. Their farm will be about 20 miles north of where they live now, but they'll be living a whole new life.
"We have a lot of needs coming in the next couple of years but things are moving fast and we are excited about what's coming."
The Breauxs program is called Seeds to Success and they use a Facebook page to share stories of their plans.
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