Youth-Reach Gulf Coast recently broke ground on a transitional living facility that will include six bedrooms and four bathrooms and serve as an extended support facility to help young men aged 18-22 transition back into mainstream society.
The duplex facility includes two 1,600-ft. family-living quarters with two full kitchens and living areas. The facility will allow the nonprofit residential ministry to better serve graduates on the ministry’s 81-acre campus east of Summerdale. Construction is expected to be completed next summer.
“The new facility will provide our graduates with opportunities to receive additional ministry support, mentoring, job skills training, and other valuable resources to help them successfully transition back into mainstream society,’’ said David Williams, YRGC Director.
Other speakers at the groundbreaking included Curt Williams, YRGC Founder and Executive Director; Melanie Martin, owner of Melanie Martin Interiors; Cole Irvin, YRGC graduate; Jackson Bentley, YRGC Operations Coordinator; and Billy Berrey, Gulf Shores Police Department Retired Officer.
“Our transitional living facility will be available as an option to all residents who don’t have housing plans after successfully completing the requirements for graduation – as space allows,’’ Williams said. “The home will provide young men with the support they need to continue their journey into Biblical manhood.’’
Funding for the project was provided by the Mike Martin Change-a-Life Foundation and members of the community.
“We genuinely appreciate all who have invested in this important initiative that have made this expansion of our ministry possible,’’ Williams said. “Your generosity will have a deep and lasting impact on this generation and generations to come.’’
Youth-Reach residents and their families are never burdened by the high costs associated with providing a full-service, 24/7 residential program. Its mission is completely community supported.
Pictured: Groundbreaking for the Youth-Reach extended support facility