St. Vincent de Paul youth house for girls to open this month

It cost about $1.86 million to renovate the St. Vincent de Paul church, most of which was donated by community members.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018 5:28 PM
Updated: Feb. 1, 2018 5:50 PM

EUGENE, Ore., -- A multi-million dollar home for homeless teens girls will open its doors later this month. 

The St. Vincent de Paul youth house on Willamette Street will house 16 to 18-year-old girls, who are out on their own. The home will provide rent-free for two years, food, social services, and any other help they may need. Up to 13 girls can live there at any point in time.

Paul Neville, the youth house coordinator, said he hopes this can be a place where the girls feel safe, can focus on their education and get a fresh start.

"Two years is a lot of time, but that's what we think it takes to help these girls turn a corner and have a different vision and a different future," Neville said. 

It cost about $1.86 million to renovate the church, most of which was donated by community members. 

"What I want the community to know is that real girls will pass through this place very soon and real lives will be changed and this place provides an opportunity for people to eventually come to know these young women, so we really hope people continue to be involved with this in all ways, financially, voluntarily, however they can help," Neville said. 

Neville said he hopes this home acts as a model for others in the future.

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