Expanding help for homeless youth in Eastern Kentucky

Published: Jun. 18, 2017 at 2:54 PM EDT
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Kentucky River Community Care is expanding help for transitional youth across Eastern Kentucky.

KRCC is planning on opening four more transitional youth centers to join the two it already has in Perry and Letcher counties. The centers serve homeless teens and young adults, ages 16 to 24 years-old, by providing them with homework help, computers, showers, clothing and food.

"This is a place where they can feel safe and we all know that sometimes young people don't always necessarily relay all their problems to their immediate family, they go outside to their friends and this is just an extension of that," said CEO of KRCC Mary Meade-McKenzie.

Right now, the centers are not able to directly provide shelter, but Meade-McKenzie said that could be changing.

"That's actually a goal for all of the centers to be able to provide that housing, but of course people don't realize, especially if you're dealing with youth under 18, you've got a whole lot of other issues that come along, they're still minors, they may still have parents," McKenzie said.

But, the overall purpose of the centers is to provide young Eastern Kentuckians with the tools they need to become successful.

McKenzie said, "My hope is that they bring some of that creativity and hope back to Eastern Kentucky."

The four new transitional youth centers will be in Knott, Breathitt, Pike and Floyd counties.