'Love Flash Mob' by Momastery.com helps homeless Indianapolis teen mom get home at Project Home Indy

17-year-old has 4-month-old son

INDIANAPOLIS - A 17-year-old Indianapolis girl who was homeless and caring for her 4-month-old son now has a safe place to stay thanks to the generosity of moms across the country.

Sarah Nielsen, executive director of Project Home Indy , which provides safe housing for five homeless teen mothers, brought the girl's story to Momastery.com , an inspirational blog and online support group for mothers.

"(The girl said), I want to live somewhere where I don't have to count the diapers I have for the rest of the week and wonder if I'll skip dinner. I want to have my own bed and my own room. I want my baby to only see the best way to be, the way things should be," Nielsen wrote on the site.

Project Home Indy didn't have the funds to take on another resident, so Nielsen asked if the so-called Monkees on Momastery.com could help.

Blog founder Glennon Melton, who lives in Florida, launched what she calls a Love Flash Mob, asking her 65,000 readers to donate any amount, up to $25, over the course of 48 hours.

The movement took off, raising $85,000 in less than six hours, or about $250 a minute.

"We never let what we can't do get in the way of what we can do," Melton said via phone Wednesday. "We might not be able to help everybody, but we helped that girl. We helped that girl, and we feel wonderful about it."

Thanks to the surge of generosity, the 17-year-old mother will have a spot at Project Home Indy, where she'll have her own bed, her son will have his own crib and there will be diapers aplenty and a fully stocked kitchen.

"We can only serve as many people as we have space for, and with funding from Glennon and Momastery coming together at a perfect time, we added someone on our waiting list," Nielsen said.

Teen moms can stay at the facility for up to two years. The average stay is seven months.

Melton will be in Indianapolis on May 5 to sign books at a fundraiser for Project Home Indy at the Madame Walker Theater.

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