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Shelter provides hope for at risk teen girls

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new program designed to help at risk teens, is changing the lives of metro area girls.

It's a runaway shelter that provides around the clock assistance for kids facing a variety of issues. 

Tuesday local leaders announced the opening of the first reporting center of it's kind in Mississippi, called Joyce's Hope Home For Girls.

The shelter will give at risk girls, a safe refuge from their sometimes troubled lives.  

The community based program will act like a foster home for runaway girls.

"The kids in these foster homes are not there because they wanna be they're there because they are being sexually abused, physically abused, neglected they're there for no fault of their own so that works hand in hand with this hope home and what were doing for these young girls ," said Hinds County Judge William Skinner. 

Joyce's Hope Home for Girls is made possible through a federal $100,000.00 Juvenile Accountability Grant through the Hinds County Youth Court.

"If we don't take care of our children as a country were going to have problems as they grow older so this is building a better community by giving them a chance and a hand up to a child who needs it," said Captain Ken Chapman of the Salvation Army. 

The hope house can shelter five girls.

It will be operated on a first come first serve basis, providing an alternative to the streets, for some facing abuse, neglect, problems in school, and non-violent offenses.  

They opened their doors about a month ago.

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