Hearts with a mission opened the only emergency youth shelter for homeless and at-risk youth in Medford. The new shelter houses 16 kids at a time, ranging from 10 to 17 and has more space for their families and staff to interact.
“We have a shelter right next door loaded with kids just waiting to go in there, so they’re excited. A lot of the kids that live in our current shelter have watched it go up, they’ve been apart of giving us ideas,” Hearts with a Mission, Executive Director Kevin Lamson said.
They’re hoping to start moving kids in next week. The non-profit’s previous building will become a transitional living facility for young adults.
Devin Gooden graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism.
She has spent most of her life in Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Business Management.
When she’s not reporting, Devin practices yoga, reads thriller novels and loudly cheers for her beloved Georgia Bulldawgs.