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Turning a House into a Home

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BILLINGS - For the past 36 years, Tumbleweed has been tackling one of Billing's worst, but often invisible problems: homeless youth.

Executive Director Sheri Boelter calls homeless youth an invisible problem because often times, the teenagers in awful predicaments believe if their parents didn't want them or couldn't take care of them, why would anyone else?  They struggle with the stigma of being homeless by doing the best they can without asking for help, something Boelter says her organization tries to prevent.

In order to bring youth off of the streets, Tumbleweed was in desperate need of a house. The pastor of City Church, Kalen Brown, and his wife Bernadette Brown heard of Tumbleweed's need and decided to donate the house being used as church office space. Sabrina Currie, Development Director for Tumbleweed said she couldn't believe they were actually getting a house donated to them.

As the City Church volunteers worked diligently to get the house ready for its first residents, Currie was still in a state of disbelief.
Both Boelter and Currie stress their organization depends on community support. With yearly cost around $100,000, anything helps.

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