King’s Home recently dedicated their Girl’s Moderate Youth Program Home as “Ashley’s House” in honor of their beloved donor, Ashley Wheeler, and A2Z Foundation. The eight female youth enrolled in King’s Home Moderate Youth Program have a new house to call home.
Wheeler, who lives in Chelsea with her family, grew up in an abusive home. Ashley can’t share childhood memories without tears coming to her eyes. The traumatic experiences of witnessing her father abuse her mother clouded her young years and trailed her into adulthood. Now she is determined to make a difference through the dedication of this new home to support the young ladies living at King’s Home.
Alabama has one of the highest domestic violence rates in the United States. One in every four women will experience severe domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Wheeler hopes to support young girls fleeing abuse with the donation of Ashley’s House, which will serve as a home to eight young ladies that are a part of King’s Home Moderate Youth Program, the organization’s largest program serving a daily maximum of 68 youth (ages 10-19). Through specialized programs, King’s Home offers hope by providing spiritual development, educational support, and counseling services to equip youth with the tools to heal from their pasts and succeed in life. Most of all, it’s a safe, loving place where they find hope and opportunity in a caring home.
Wheeler, her husband, and their 7-year-old son moved to Chelsea four years ago. Traveling and living in different cities has been the norm for Ashley and her husband, Zelous Wheeler, a professional baseball player for the Tokyo Giants. They are now proud to make Shelby County their home and make a difference in their local community. Learn more about King’s Home at www.kingshome.com. †