TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Friday the Ryves Youth Center in Terre Haute celebrated 39 years of service. The center was started on Sept. 10, 1982, and ever since, has provided a daily space for children to do arts and crafts, play sports, and eat nutritious meals for free.
Originally started as a shelter for runaway teens, the youth center has since developed into a safe place for students to visit after school. Kids can also receive tutoring and mentoring.
Youth center director, Jim Edwards said he has been with Ryves since 1982, and believes the experience has taught him a lot about life, religion, and youth education.
“It’s not just me. Without volunteers, without organizations, this, this youth center would not survive. Without donations, without grants. It truly takes a village to raise a child,” Edwards said.
Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to call 812-235-1265 for more information.