Shelter opens in Tucker County for at-risk youth

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At-risk youth who are in need of emergency housing will now have a new community to call home. 

Genesis Youth Crisis Center cut the ribbon on Ridgeline Children’s Shelter in Tucker County Tuesday alongside city, county and state officials.

The Genesis Youth Crisis Center of Clarksburg opened the doors to the third location on Chestnut Street in Parsons. Community leaders attended the ribbon cutting to tour the facility and show their support.

Chief Executive Officer Matt Rudder said the facility will provide a safe haven for at-risk youth with a great community setting.

“Our kids come from all different walks of life, and so they are all experiencing something different.  It is really our job to provide a safe haven for when they come here, really quickly figure out what is the best lead for them that might be long-term treatment; it may also be us working with their families, getting them back home.  It may be going to a foster family, but that’s really what our people are here to do,” said Rudder.

The center will house youth from ages 10-18 who are in need of an emergency shelter.  Youth will be an active part of the community and attend the local schools.

“We want to be a part of the community.  When we come into communities, Parsons is a perfect fit for us.  It is a really small community.  The people here have been fantastic and that allows us to be a part of the community,” continued Rudder.

The shelter can house up to 15 and can potentially house more than 50 youths in a year.  Rudder said an essential part of the Ridgeline facility is to be staffed by members of the community.

“We’ve got a lot of people from the area that have come to work here; they are all Parsons folks.  We want Parsons and Tucker County to be running this facility,” said Rudder.

This facility will be ready to take in youth as early as next week. 

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