For over five years, the fence at the Cherry Lane Youth Home’s Residence has been in a state of disrepair. After Youth Homes received funding for repairs inside the home, They had hoped there would be enough left over for some repairs outside. Unfortunately, with the recent rise in material costs, there just wasn’t any extra for sprucing up the outdoors. The new privacy fence was a perfect opportunity to build a partnership between Rebuilding Together & East Contra Costa’s premier foster services program.
Youth Homes works with adolescents ages 12-25, with the average age of the residential client being 15. The Cherry Lane Residence is home to 4-6 youths, ages 13-17 that are struggling with unresolved trauma due to experience with or exposure to violence, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
Since 1965, Youth Homes has empowered current and former foster youth, young adults with complex behavioral health challenges, and under-resourced children at risk of entering the foster care system in Contra Costa County. Their 7 unique impactful youth programs create opportunities for youth to process and heal from trauma, develop self-sufficiency and confidence, build supportive networks, and create healthy, safe, and meaningful lives. Approximately 250 youth and families are served each year by Youth Homes.
Over the last 2 weekends in August, the colossal privacy fence was constructed. The Boys Team Charity, Oaks League started the demolition. 8 team members and their families came together to do the hard work of removing the old 90’ fence. New post holes were dug and set for the prefab fence panels that would arrive the following weekend. Boys Team Charity works with 7th through 12th-grade boys and their families to provide community service in their local communities.
The majority of this project was underwritten by the generosity of The Dean & Margret Lesher Foundation and grants from AmeriCorp Senior RSVP, but there is still more to accomplish in this project. If you would like to ensure that worthy community organizations can have access to the infrastructure they need, please contribute to this project and future community projects, please make a donation to RTEBN.