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Woman starts group to help homeless teens

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Posted: Nov 4, 2009 8:52 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Nov 5, 2009 8:09 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Stand Up for Kids, homeless, teens, Baton Rouge

A national organization that helps homeless teenagers get off the streets is looking to start an office in Baton Rouge.

"Stand Up for Kids" provides food, shelter and life-skills training for kids who are on the streets.

Patti Garner learned about the organization and wanted to start a chapter in Baton Rouge.

"They either have parents that kicked them out and don't want them back or they ran away and when they tried to come back, their parents said no," said Garner.

Garner said some teens are afraid to go home because of drugs or abuse by family members.

Garner is recruiting volunteers to help her start a "Stand Up for Kids" office in Baton Rouge. Eventually, she wants to have a shelter and activity center for homeless teens. The plan is to mentor them once they get on their feet.

Right now, the only emergency youth shelter in Baton Rouge is Youth Oasis. The facility can only serve 15 kids at a time.

If you'd like to learn more about "Stand Up for Kids," contact Garner at BRKids@hotmail.com.

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