Ribbon cutting held in Chesapeake for safe haven for boys


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A church in Chesapeake wants to keep kids on the right path, and that’s why it opened Elder’s House.

The Mount Lebanon Baptist Church held a ribbon-cutting today for their $900,000 residential facility.

The spot where this sits dates back to 1907, where the church built the original Elder’s House. Now, it’ll be home to eight young men between 12 and 17 years-old.

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“We can’t being to measure the impact of living in this house for a troubled teen who might be living in a situation that’s just not conducive for them being able to positively grow up,” said Valerie Brown, of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church.

The facility will be self-funded, and won’t receive any state funding.

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The church raised more than $400,000 — more than half of which came from an anonymous donor.

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