This week, area young people will have a safe place to go to fellowship with one another, do their homework, enjoy listening and playing music, lift weights and exercise and just be kids.
The Center for Teens officially opened its doors Monday, June 3 in Russellville inviting kids of Logan County to come out and hang out at an organized space which will help them grow, learn and have fun in a well-monitored and comfortable atmosphere. And it’s free to attend.
After a building was found (345 West Third Street, Russellville), Sandlin and volunteers began working right away. It wasn’t until the fall of 2018, however, the project picked up momentum after the ministry secured a Carpenter Foundation Grant allowing the directive to switch into high gear on the multi-purpose facility for the youth.
There are two sides to the teen center. One side is a gymnasium complete with a basketball and volleyball court, stage area, pool tables, and archery range. The second side, which opens first, is the place teens will be privy to a variety of experiences. From a cafe-coffee bar to a music room, computer station, meeting space, weight room, and a spacious lounging area complete with couches and chairs and a big screen for movies. There will be USB plugin stations and teens will have use of WiFi.
“This has not been an accident,” said Sandlin. “This has been a God-driven dream that will make a difference in the lives of our kids.”
Volunteers are still needed in many ways,” said Sandlin. You can stop by the Center to learn more about volunteering and pick up an application.