The Carmel organization helps pregnant women and the homeless.

CARMEL – V House O’Connoremployees focus on meeting those they serve, wherever they are.

“We provide them with love, care, resources and support,” said Michelle Corraro, chief executive.

The house helps women who are pregnant while being homeless. They provide a place to stay and teach women life skills such as budgeting, setting goals, and sticking to a schedule.

“Asking for help is hard, but when you are a parent, you have to be strong and brave,” Airika Good said. “You have to be strong enough to know if I want to break the cycle or if I want to keep repeating the same cycle and drag my child through it? I knew that I wanted to break the cycle and be a good mother to my son. “

Three years ago, Good came to the O’Connor home when she was 19 weeks pregnant.

“At that time, my life was a mess. I was out of order, I was mentally out of order. “I knew I had to make a change because my son deserved the whole world.”

Good is now a House of O’Connor graduate and mother of 3-year-old Theo, whom she calls the light of her life.

A home is a place where up to eight women and their children can be called home. In addition to the many toys for the little ones, there are also resources for moms.

“We can provide tools, love and support. But they have to use these tools, and sometimes it’s really difficult,” Corraro said. “Every single thing in life you can think of, there’s someone here to help you get through it.”