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Faith, Hope & Charity Helps Kids Get on the Right Track

Sometimes it just takes one person to make a difference in the life of a troubled youth. Faith, Hope and Charity works with youth in the juvenile system, with successes including a governor’s pardon for one youth and a promising business career for another.

“Our mission statement is Striving to Assist Individuals and Families, to help them thrive and become successful,” said Frederick Edwards, executive director. “That comes by way of mentoring and coaching these kids. Our goal is to reach them before they get confused and end up in trouble.”

Samaritan’s Social Accountability program has partnered with Faith, Hope and Charity through grant funding, with recent grants coming from the Benton County-based granting committee. The organization was able to serve 35 youth through 110 events and encounters in 2020, ranging from a basketball tournament at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility to entrepreneurship classes and individual mentoring.

“We have been able to take the kids to the zoo in Portland, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and other day trips,” Edwards said. “We got to take the kids behind the scenes at the zoo to learn about careers in wildlife and animal care. Without Samaritan’s grants, we would be at a standstill and trips like this would not have been possible.”

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In 2020, Faith, Hope & Charity:

  • Served a total of 35 youth.
  • Coordinated a total of 110 events, including mentoring, classes and a basketball tournament.
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Other Partners in Supporting Programs & Services for Healthy Teens, Past & Current

  • Jackson Street Youth Services.
  • Linn Together.
  • Lincoln County School District - Joy Project.