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My Friends House selected as beneficiary by 4 Chances 4 Change T-shirt sales benefit building campaign

My Friend’s House Family and Children’s Services has been selected as this month’s beneficiary by 4 Chances 4 Change, a yearlong effort to support and promote opportunities for change through T-shirt sales.

This quarter, the initiative’s charitable focus is on “Hope,” and My Friend’s House fits the theme perfectly. As the only private residential program serving young men in Williamson County, My Friend’s House helps youth recover from adversesituations and work towards becoming successful young adults.

“We’re thrilled to be chosen by this initiative,” said Kevin Hacker, board president of My Friend’s House. “T-shirt sales are a simple, yet effective way to raise awareness and show support. And with our ambitious goal to raise more than $1 million for a new facility, we welcome all opportunities to share our story.” Those interested in purchasing the $16 T-shirt may do so online at http://www.4chances4change.org  

Individuals and businesses may also purchase a personalized paver, which will line the walkway of the new home. Pledges and donations to the building campaign may be made at http://myfriendshousetn.org/building-campaign-challenge. Learn about the many programs and services provided, individuals are encouraged to schedule a tour of the facility by calling 615-790-8553.

 

About the Building Campaign

MFH is currently operating out of a 1940s-era house that has undergone several non-professional patchwork repairs and additions over the years. In its current condition, it simply can’t keep pace with the organization’s expanding programs and services, nor does it meet the standards for “best practices” and ongoing statutory changes.

A capital campaign to raise more than $1 million to replace the aging facility with one the organization can grow into, to provide furnishings and to establish an endowment, was launched more than two years ago and has secured more than $300,000 in individual 5-year pledges. With the additional support from individuals, corporations and foundations, My Friend’s House looks forward to reaching their goal and breaking ground on the new facility soon.

 

About My Friend’s House

My Friend’s House Family and Children’s Services (MFH) was founded in November 1982 by Juvenile Court Judge Jane Franks after she grew frustrated by the lack of facilities in Williamson County to house and care for boys that needed to be removed from an unhealthy home environment. The non-profit, 501(c)(3) began operations in 1988 and has since provided a home for nearly 2,000 boys, ages 12-18.

Located in an established neighborhood off of West Main St. in Franklin, the 30-year-old organization is the only residential program in Williamson County for boys, is licensed by The State of Tennessee and is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation. The home-like setting offers comprehensive, specialized services that enable youth to be successful and responsible when reunited with their family.

 

On average, MFH serves 65 youth each year through the residential program and early intervention program for at-risk teen boys and girls. The organization also has a network of foster homes should the boys in the residential program not beable to return home to their families following their stay. For more information, please call 615.790.8553 or visit myfriendshousetn.org. On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MyFriendsHouseFamilyChildrensServices  

 

 

Posted on: 8/20/2012

 
 

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