Local ministry takes over former senior living facility in Dade County

The former Dade County senior living facility where the owner was charged with Cruelty to Seniors last month has been sold, and is now being put to good use.

Hand Up Ministry is in the process of buying the property.

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They house people who have had a troubled past or recently been released from jail. They help the residents get jobs and get back on their feet. The owner says this property becoming available is an answered prayer.

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"This came available, so what we're going to do is house our phase one, two, and three women's program under this roof,” said Director of Hand Up Ministry, Rex Mayo.

Hand Up Ministry is based in Dade County. They have five houses, with three being for men, and now two for women.

"Broken people, no safe place to go, some of them lack skills to be able to be successful in the community,” Mayo said.

The previous business was Woodhaven Senior Living. Their owner, Kent Womack, was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Seniors June 14. An employee at the Dade County Tax Assessor's website said property records show he sold the property on June 24 to Tony Moreland.

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Director of Hand Up Ministry Rex Mayo says Moreland was generous enough to sell them to property, after learning what his ministry was using it for. Mayo says they will be leasing it until the bank settles finances.

"We were praying and God answered way beyond our expectations,” Mayo said.

The ministry says they've already started working on what's to come with the building and are looking forward to serving the community.

"We're going to remodel, refurbish and go from there,” Mayo said.

The ministry says they hope to start housing women in September. It can hold up to fifteen, but they will start with four.

The previous property owner, Kent Womack, is no longer in custody at the Dade County Jail. A court date has not been set yet.

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