Family on mission to create positive environment for kids

Steele Expanded Services for Extreme Youth
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

STEELE, MO (KAIT) - A Steele, Missouri couple has been working four years to create a safe place for local kids to play.

The House family bought 30 acres of land to build their dream project on.

Deborah House is a retired school teacher. She said many children ask why they do not have a fun place to go.

"The youth have been talking for years about needing a place to be," House said.

The tK Extreme Youth and Young Adult Center currently uses a temporary building across town for children to gather.

They offer tutoring lessons a couple of days each week, but House said they want to do more.

"There's no place in Steele or this area where we can go to for safe fun," House said. "Because of the drug scene and the poverty area we live in, they need something."

House said they want to expand onto 30 acres they recently purchased.

Those expansion plans include a two-story building that will house a movie theater, game room, bowling area, meeting rooms and a gym.

They hope to complete the park by summertime. It will include mini-golf, sand volleyball, and paddle boating.

"They are searching so desperately bad to have a place like this," House said. "This has been a dream and hope for many years. It will get done."

So far, the House family has about one-fifth of the money raised for the expansion project, which will cost roughly $500,000.

They hope to raise that money by the end of the year.

Anyone wanting to donate or wanting more information about the center's mission can contact House at (573) 695-4491 or visit their Facebook page.

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