When bad things happen to good kids, there is a place they can go in Siouxland to get their lives back together.
Now, that place is getting even better.
The Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Inc. is home to nearly 50 adolescents who have some type of troubled past.
Now, the agency's main campus in undergoing renovations. The money comes from donations to a campaign launched three years ago.
"From our point of view, what we hope to accomplish is to improve the quality of care for these children. We walk out, we go to our homes every night. This is where they live so, these rooms haven't been renovated for 20 years," said Art Silva, President and CEO Boys and Girls Home.
Several improvements were made in hallways, lounge rooms, and bedrooms.
Through the renovation, each room will receive new beds, bedding and also new wardrobes.
Kids now hear music as they walk through the halls. And they can relax on new couches.
"To bring those people into the units and have them actually see the kids and see the smile on the kids faces, that's why we're doing what we're doing," said Terri Dooley, Executive Vice President of Development of Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Inc.
Those kids are trying to change their lives, with assistance from counselors, nurses, and teachers.
"We have good children, that bad things have happened to, so we couldn't do this without the communities support. "
Last year, the group collected more than $677,000 in donations alone. Something executives say is essential to helping these adolescents.
"They can't fix it themselves and they depend upon us and depend upon the community to understand what they're going through and to be compassionate and to share what they have to be able to change the kids lives."
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