Home of the Open Heart began in December 2000 when Paul and Penny Wilcox, took in their first young baby born to HIV+, drug addicted mother. Just two weeks later a second baby arrived when the welfare department was called in to rescue a tiny (1.6 kg) 6 week old premature baby girl, whose mother had died of AIDS.
It had been a dream of Penny’s for years of begin a work like this and only after coming to Thailand with their own four birth children, did it become obvious that this dream could become a reality. Although the focus of Home of the Open Heart is to serve the needy, our mandate of keep ing the family together, wherever possible has precipitated our home being smaller in number rather than a large institutionalised facility.
Since it’s conception, the team at Home of the Open Heart have assisted hundreds of families in a variety of ways. While the focus has been caring for babies and young children in their residential facility, Penny still believes that the broader work focusing on community, on women, on girls who find themselves alone, pregnant and afraid of the future; on respite and hospice care will grow and blossom as well, as the staff become available.