Updated: June 26, 2021 05:34 PM
Created: June 26, 2021 09:48 AM
With the upcoming closure of The Hill’s Neighborhood Youth Service Program the local organization life house is stepping up to help support nearly 700 children who will be transitioning to a different support system. Luckily the two organizations have already been helping each other out for many years. Pez Davil, who is the Programming Director of NYS said they have frequently recommended one another in the past. He says, "If we [had] young adults come in we know [Life House] has a good GED program. We say ‘go down to life house.' we've also had some kids come to us that say 'yeah life house told us about y'all’.”
Due to financial shortages the hills wasn't able to continue leaving life house to supply even more resources to help displaced youth. Jordon Johnson, Executive Director of Life House explains why this program is a necessity, “in this area and this community, if you think about the disparities if you think about the racial economic and health disparities. This is a critical site.”
While it may seem like a challenge, many of the hills' workers will now be working at life house offering an easier transition. Jordon says that the NYS workers are just as hard working as the Life House workers and that together they can be a strong force in the community.
As what for the community can do? Jordon says, "financial resources are always welcome especially coming out of the hills from a financial struggle and again we welcome people who donate on life houses website.”
All to improve the future of at risk youth in the Duluth area.
The new location for Neighborhood Youth Services will be at the Washington Recreation Center.
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