March 2009 marks the first anniversary of the opening of GraceLyn Group’s Koinonia House (Residential Site). This long-time dream of our executive director, Lynn Nauth, has been a journey of discovery and growth not just for her, but also for the guys who live there and the staff that serve them. “I’ve always known I was going to open a group home,” Lynn said.
Koinonia is a house built by relationship, and planted on a foundation of trust and personal support. When Lynn first approached our local County about her interest to start a home for teens and young adults, the opportunity was not yet there. A couple of years later, Lynn and the County Social Worker mutually agreed on the need of placement for one teen that Lynn was serving. Due to the relationship Lynn had with the County, the consumer and his family, it wasn't long before the doors were open and Koinonia House was filled.
After a year in operation, this house has lived and grown through the same qualities that enabled its creation: trust, support, and the continual growth in the profound relationships of all who have been a part of Koinonia. The unsung heroes of Koinonia’s success are the loving support staff, all of whom said “yes” to an unknown and exciting challenge. Our support staff have grown and flourished during this process. We continue to grow as people and as professionals by learning innovative ways to be in service to others.
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Lynn Nauth, program director of Koinonia House talks about how she saw a need and figured out how to meet it.