Refuge Waco Ministries working to help teenagers in foster care - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Refuge Waco Ministries working to help teenagers in foster care system

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A group in Waco is trying to help the estimated 23,000 children who age out of the foster care system in our country each year.

Refuge Waco Ministries wants to close gaps in the foster care system, specifically for teenagers who are at risk.

The group is spreading awareness on the need for foster families and working to educate teens in the system before they age out.

The ministry also plans to open a transitional living facility for women between 18 to 24 years of age. The home would provide them with job training and life skills as they enter adulthood.

"They're kind of left coming out of the system without many resources," said Kendall Goodwin, executive director of Refuge Waco Ministries. "There are a few financial resources for them, but when you don't have a place to live or really have any permanent footing, it's kind of hard to access those because you really need that firm foundation."

Goodwin said they are raising money to put a down payment on the transitional house which the group hopes to have running by 2020. Goodwin said they also plan to start a mentorship program in September to give these kids an adult that they can trust and confide in. 

The first big fundraiser will be a 5K on June 23. There will be games, face painting, food trucks and more.

To register for the race, click here.

To learn more about Refuge Waco Ministries, click here

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