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Local Father Reaching Out to Help Troubled Teens Through "Cushions"

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A Richland father hopes to help troubled teens in the Tri-Cities through a youth outreach program he wants to start up. A Richland father hopes to help troubled teens in the Tri-Cities through a youth outreach program he wants to start up.

RICHLAND, WA - Turning a tragedy into something positive. Chris Snapp's 17-year-old son, Joshua Snapp, was killed when two teens shot him in the head and chest near Horn Rapids last July.

Police say drugs played a factor in the murder and that's something Chris Snapp hopes to help local teens with.

After Joshua's death, Chris got the idea to start a youth outreach program called "Cushions." The goal? To open a place in the Tri-Cities for teens to go have fun and learn life lessons.

Chris plans to offer a clean and sober club, as well as an art studio and music studio.

He says before Joshua came to live with him last summer, Joshua went from couch to couch, but then moved into his dad's house to get clean.

"Josh would have definitely enjoyed being a part of something like this. He always like helping people, and I think he would've loved to help people in this regard," Chris Snapp told NBC Right Now.

So far, "Cushion's" has gotten plenty of support from the community.

Chris has put together a board of director, has an employer ID number with the IRS, and the Secretary of State has approved his application to become a charitable organization.

What Chris doesn't have yet is a facility. Next on his to-do list is to get a local business license.

Right now, Chris is taking donations. But he's not accepting just money, but your time. He's set up a gofundme account as well.
  

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