MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Deep in the heart of Elmore County the Adullam House has captured the hearts of children. To understand how we introduce you to 10-year old Arleigh Spackman.
"I feel more safe here,' said Spackman.
Spackman's story begins 8 years ago, the day she arrived at the Adullam House. Arleigh's mom ended up in prison. She got out but found herself back in jail at Tutwiler Prison. Arleigh's mother eventually gave her daughter away to Angie Spackman.
"When I came here I didn't how to talk," said Arleigh.
"A radical difference,' Mrs. Spaceman said.
A radical difference in the lives of around 25 children from toddlers to teenagers. You see, the mothers of these kids are in prison at Tutwiler and that's where the Adullam House comes in.
The idea took root about 10 years ago after Spackman's own family ministered to the female inmates at Tutwiler.
"We began to realize in a period of time that there was a need. We prayed the bricks in, we prayed the windows in," said Angie Spackman referring to the first building that was built which is where the children live.
And so here it is. The Adullam House sitting on 18 acres of land, everything was donated including the money that comes in every month, and not a dime in government funding.
"We have a budget of around $35,000," said Mrs. Spackman.
The children live and sleep in the main house and schooled in other buildings such as Arleigh's third and fourth grade class.
"To me this is preventive work, getting them before the damage is done and getting them before they possibly end up in the same place where there mothers are," said Spackman.
Angie Spackman says the average stay for a child is between 12 to 15 months. The child is then turned over to the mom or family members once the mother completes her sentence.
Mrs. Spackman remembers a story that reaffirms that she and her husband answered the call of faith.
"We have a mom who is out of prison and close to getting her accounting degree. She's bought a house in Wetumpka, and the child who was here is now with her," said Spackman.
In the piney woods that surround the Adullam House, Angie Spackman is making a difference.
Just ask Arleigh.
"I like it here," said Arleigh Spackman.
Now a bit of history.
The name 'Adullam' comes from the Bible. It's the cave David ran into to get away from King Saul, a place of refuge.
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