Lexington Police officer teams up to keep young adults off the streets
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Officer Ryan Holland spends his free time helping Kentuckians in need…but now he’s teaming-up with Arbor Youth services for his biggest project yet.
“This is going to help hundreds of children for years to come” said Holland.
The plan is to fix-up an historic house downtown to provide more bedrooms for young homeless people between the ages of 18 and 24.
Arbor Youth already provides emergency shelter for newborns to 17-year-olds, who come from abuse, abandonment, in between foster homes and other situations.
This project hits home for Officer Holland.
“I have a special feeling about this place because my family is a foster home and we’ve picked up a child from here and just seeing in the past two years the change of a different environment that they’re given, it really impacts their life and changes their life in a positive way.”
He says the organization is what gives kids like his foster daughter a chance at a better life.
“To hear the trauma that she had to endure and go through is heartbreaking and some of these kids aren’t given a chance and a facility like this is what gives them a chance.”
Arbor Youth says it houses on average more than 300 kids a year. This additional home will be the first time they will be able to provide housing to young adults…and it’s a community effort.
“We have some incredible businesses that are going to donate their time to get it started. That’s refinishing floors, fixing bathrooms that are broken and leaking, we have gutters that are leaking and causing structural damage, so we’re putting together this Kentucky army to fix this house, so it’s ready to keep these kids off the street” said Development Director, Andrew Shayde.
The organization is using a $60,000 grant to provide staffing with a goal to open the house on October 1st, so the remodel is time sensitive.
Including buying the supplies to make it happen, which organizers say will cost around $10,000.
So they are asking for any Kentuckians to help by donating.
A link to do so can be found here.