WHEATON – A group home for new and expectant single mothers is being proposed for the former Wheaton Inn building at 301 W. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton.
The Clarendon Hills-based company Love From Above Inc. has a contract to purchase the building from its current owner, PCM Properties LLC, a subsidiary of Invesco PowerShares. The group is set to close on the property in December.
Love From Above plans to offer a two-year transitional housing program for women who find themselves in "crisis pregnancies," said Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, president and founder of Love From Above.
A culinary program and fashion design program also will be offered, she said.
"We'll also have a full-blown child care program, where their children will stay within the building," Florczak-Seeman said. "Babies will be taken care of by volunteers while the moms go to school. We'll have a full-time licensed teacher on the premises as well who will also work with them on their homework and give classes on finances and mothering classes."
The program would be offered to women 18 to 26 years old, she said, and would serve both expectant mothers and single mothers. The facility would serve up to 12 women.
This would be the company's first facility, which will be called The Butterfly Garden...A Place for Healing and Transformation. Florczak-Seeman, who is 52, experienced an unplanned pregnancy herself when she was 16.
"Unfortunately, the choice for me was made to have an abortion," she said. "I didn't have any other options. That abortion brought forth some very serious emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual aftermath."
Florczak-Seeman said she wants those in the program to understand "pregnancy is not a terminal disease."
"Pregnancy is not something that will kill them," she said. "Pregnancy is something that lasts nine months. During that time, they can still continue their education. They can still do what they need to do. They can still have these children and be great mothers, and be successful young ladies in school."