St. Vincent De Paul youth house to be occupied in two weeks
EUGENE, Ore. - The public was treated to one last tour of the St. Vincent De Paul Youth House on Saturday, and occupants will move in soon for what St. Vincent's hopes is a new lease on life.
The new house has 14 rooms, where 13 homeless girls will occupy the former 8,000 square foot church in two weeks.
"We're taking this not just one step, but a number of steps up," said Paul Neville, Director of Public Relations at St. Vincent De Paul. "By giving them secure housing, social services, two years of free housing, healthcare and big boost with getting their education, mentors, tutors, whatever they need."
The goal of the house is to give these girls a chance at an ordinary life.
Twenty foundations provided the funding for remodel the $1.87 million project, but in this case, it may be worth looking past the price tag.
"I was talking about how we're recycling a church -- we're adhering to the values of this church, then it hit me like a sledgehammer. That's not what we're doing, we're recycling these kids," said Neville. "Who in some cases are kind of headed for the landfill of life because no one is able to help them right now. That's what we're doing."
St. Vincent De Paul has not notified the girls who will live there yet. Neville says they received a $2 million donation and hope top have a home for boys completed in the Bethel School District in the next year.