LINDALE (KYTX) - Hope Haven of East Texas is working to build a permanent home for girls in foster care, but in the meantime -- the group is taking it's outreach a step further.
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how new programs are expected to enrich the lives of dozens.
Learning how to work with at-risk youth, is a necessary lesson dozens of people are willingly taking.
"You never know what a volunteer can do to absolutely transform a child's life," said Emily Weesner. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Christian based non-profit. The organization focuses on providing welfare, and education needs to young girls.
For the past five years, hope haven has been growing it's ministry and with a new permanent shelter for foster children in the works the organization is taking its work further.
"I am beyond excited to start plugging people into this ministry, hope haven has been five years in the works and to see it all beginning to come together."
Through a partnership with BCFS -- another organization that provides aid to at-risk populations -- several new programs will be initiated: College mentoring, horse therapy and career shadowing.
"Some of these kids don't know how to dream don't know how to hope...They don't know what they want for their future."
When it comes to working with at-risk youngsters, there's a certain type of finesse needed. Often many of the children come from abusive or broken households.
"Our plan is to grow very small just start out with a handful of girls so we have a good foundation and know what works and what doesn't work so that we can build from that."
This special orientation, is giving this group of volunteers the tools it needs to make a positive impact.