CanTeen to have new, permanent home

"The CanTeen has been leasing program space for more than eleven years and has had to relocate four times in the last six years," Stirpe said. "By purchasing a permanent home, the CanTeen will reduce its expenses in the long run and be able to direct more resources to kids."

The current owner of the future CanTeen, Pam Derocher, has lived in her home for 28 years. Derocher said she never thought about moving but that this arrangement had been in discussion for a few years.

Derocher said she is "selling the house for less than its assessed value, but how can you put a price on all the kids' lives it will affect."

Having a son that once attended the CanTeen, Derocher said "it's the right thing to do."

Both Toni'Lyn Brauchle and Jenna Ogden, youth service coordinators for the CanTeen, were in attendance to see the reactions of all the community members that attended.

"This means that the funds we get can now be directed to the where they really need to be, which is for the kids," Brauchle said.

The CanTeen hasn't been immune to the economic freeze, as the teen center has struggled to make rent for its location, among other funding decreases.

Four CanTeen members talked about their experiences with the teen center at the Jan. 21 presentation. Among them, was Brauchle's son Anthony, who is home for a few weeks while he is on leave from the U.S. Army. Anthony said he would be returning to Iraq in two weeks.

Anthony said he was 11 years old when his mother helped begin the teen center. It was also the first time he attended the CanTeen and that it helped turn him into an "open-minded" person. The overall support of the teen center has been great to the community of kids that attend, he said.

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