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Organization bringing back teen crisis center

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Every day we hear about services getting cut or even eliminated. But a local group thinks teen emergency housing is so important, they found the resources to make it happen.

The plans for this new teen crisis center show it will hold up to 16 teenagers dealing with a variety of problems including abuse and neglect.

Safe Harbor, known for it's crisis nursery for young children will be running the program, in the old Epic building which also held runaway teens until last year.

The main difference between the way the old program functioned and this new organization, will be teens looking for help can come and go voluntarily.

But, before young people walk into this building, Safe Harbor still needs to raise money, and hopes an open house Friday will show the community why the center is needed.

"These are children, they are 13 to 17 years old, but they're kids. And a lot of them have had some pretty horrific circumstances in their lives and that's the reason why they left their homes," explains Sue Delucci of Safe Harbor.

Because of county imposed rules, the center will have to operate as an emergency youth shelter. Under those terms, Safe Harbor is looking at paying $150,000 for the building.

Delucchi adds the center won't be open to teens until July.

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