Salado: Local couple buys home to help foster children

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SALADO, Texas (KWTX) In 2017, Wilfredo Ocasio and his wife Dimarie Ocasio, were in the process of buying a building in Salado to convert it into a temporary home for foster children in Bell County.

That dream is becoming a reality.

The Ocasios are foster parents to 11 children and have been working on this project for 2 years.

Last August, they received enough funding to buy the building and start construction.

“We took everything down that we don't need out of the property, now we have designed the rooms” says Ocasio.

The project is called Garden of Hope.

Their mission is to keep brothers and sisters in the foster care system together.

They have started divided the rooms into sections and remodeling the kitchen.

But there is a lot of work to be done.

“We have some renovations that need to be done. But we got to get funding” says vice president for Garden of Hope, Serina Joyce Jones.

When construction is completed, they will work on the permits needed to start housing the children.

Ocasio says they will be working with child protective services and foster organizations to ensure the children has a place to stay.

The home would service up to 20 children.

They plan to open their doors in Spring 2018.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, you can visit their website at http://www.gohctx.org/