TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A ribbon cutting Wednesday marked the official opening of the 411 House in Temple, which offers boys a positive place to hang out.
The house in the 400 block of 32nd Street, operated by the nonprofit Bridge East Temple and funded through a $40,000 grant from Chip and Joanna Gaines as well as donations from community members, has been renovated over the past year to give the group’s 20 boys, ages 9 to 16, a place to hang out and learn life skills.
The house has been in operation since April.
“What we really want to be about is offering them more opportunities and more relationships. For the boys of the neighborhood to know that they are loved and they are cared for and that they have a place to come and they have people to care about them.” Bridge East Temple founder, Kim White said.
The boys get together and play games and music and cook family dinners in the kitchen.
The house formerly belonged to Myrtle Captain, a local civil rights activist who was a mother figure to neighbors and who often invited people into her home.
Photos of Captain are hung inside the house and the home’s original front door was left in place during the renovations.