Volunteers help homeless teens get furnished home

Program helps prepare teens for adulthood

SAN ANTONIO - A group of volunteers spent their Sunday turning a house into a home for teenagers who don't have one.

The Roy Maas Youth Alternatives' Turning Point program is the only one-of-its-kind, housing homeless teens who have aged out of foster care.

The program helps prepare the teens for adulthood and teaches them how to be productive members of society.

When the China Grove Lions Club learned about the program, they decided they wanted to help provide the newest home with furniture and help prepare it for its new arrivals.

The director of community and donor relations for the program, Renee Garvens, said this is an example of how everyone can make a difference.

"The Lions Club went out into the community and got help from everyone they knew, and their social media networks, and their friendship networks, and suddenly we had so much furniture that we had to rent storage units," Garvens said. "We've been able to redecorate and refurbish all five of the houses with this project."

The house decorated Sunday is the fifth in the Turning Point program.

Since 1976, Roy Maas Youth Alternative programs have served nearly 80,000 abused, neglected and high-risk youth.

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