Catching up with: Destiny Point on track to new home – August 11, 2014
RUDOLPH – Earlier this summer, Destiny Point, a women’s restorative home located in a former convent on the grounds of St. Philip Catholic Church in Rudolph, began a quest to find a new home.
The church is going to need to use the building, because the school, which was built around 1919 and closed to students at the end of the 2008 school year, can no longer be used.
Destiny Point is a residential home providing a Christian-based environment for women ages 18 and older to recover from a number of problems, which may include co-dependency; substance, sexual and physical abuse; eating disorders; post-abortion trauma; unplanned pregnancies and more.
Now the prayers of the staff members and students seem to have been answered, said Julie Worzella, who founded the home in 2007.
A woman has stepped forward who wants to donate a property, said Worzella.
“We’ve got a place,” Worzella said last week, adding the building, located between Stevens Point and Marshfield, has been donated to Destiny Point.
While having a location lifts a heavy burden, much work now needs to be done in a very short time period, Worzella said.
“There’s quite a bit on the wish list that is going to be donated by the new owner of Pittsville Homes,” Worzella said. “So that’s another awesome thing.”
The new home used to be a restaurant, tavern and dance hall, she said. The upper level — the former dance hall — needs a lot of renovation.
“We’re looking at maybe putting seven bedrooms up there,” said Worzella, adding a large bathroom would need to accommodate as many as 14 women.
“The bathroom that is there now needs to be totally redone; it was the first bathroom in that town,” she said. “It just wouldn’t work for the type of traffic that would be going through that bathroom.”
The upper level also needs a new furnace and duct work; there currently is no heat upstairs. A lot of the walls are cracked on the lower floor, floor coverings need to be replaced and new counter tops are needed in the kitchen.
“It’s not very much space for all the people we’re going to be serving out of that kitchen,” Worzella said.
Worzella would like to lower the ceiling on the first floor of the 1892 home to help conserve energy.
Despite the work that looms ahead, Worzella feels blessed by the donation and the future of the women’s home.
“It’s a town that does not require building permits or zoning, so those are two huge things that have been taken care of,” she said.
The home has a public sewer and private well, which the current owner plans to replace, as well.
“She said that was really on her heart to do,” she said.
The available land will allow animals and gardens, which will help in healing and teaching responsibility, and the potential for transitional housing, Worzella said.
“We’ll be able to have the women with their children,” she said. “That allows a lot of women be able to come into the program.
“It is so exciting. It’s a miracle how this is all happening.”
Deb Cleworth can be reached at 715-423-7200, ext. 6730, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @DebCleworth.
• Fifth annual “Destined to Fly” banquet and silent auction
• 4:30 p.m registration and silent auction; 6 p.m. program and dinner, Sept. 13 at Memories of Plover, 2811 Plover Springs Drive, Plover.
• Tickets, $28 each or two for $50. Make reservations by calling 715-818-8391 or 715-570-6856 by Sept. 3. Reservations and more information is available at https://destinypoint.wordpress.com.
How to help
• Material and labor donations are needed to get the home ready by Oct. 1.
• Go online to http://www.destinypoint.wordpress.com for an updated wish list of the home’s needs or call 715-818-8391 to find out how to help.