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Local organization plans Volunteer Day at Cleveland nonprofit for aged-out youth in foster care

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Posted at 7:47 PM, May 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-04 19:47:01-04

CLEVELAND — A local organization, inspired by a previous story they had seen on News 5, gave another nonprofit in Cleveland a face-lift Saturday.

Ohio MENTOR is an organization that provides therapeutic foster care and other services to children at risk and their families.

The organization said they saw a story on News 5 about another foster care organization, A Second Home For You.

Gregg Jones, the founder of A Second Home for You, took a once vacant building on East 71st Street and Superior Avenue and turned it into a home where young men who have aged out of foster care can stay and receive help while they work towards getting their lives started.

RELATED: Local man gives young men aging out of foster care chance to succeed

In Ohio last year, 913 youth aged out of foster care without finding their forever family, according to Ohio MENTOR. Studies show more than one in five young adults without a permanent family ends up homeless after age 18, but Jones works tirelessly to cut those statistics down.

Ohio MENTOR chose A Second Home for You as the location for their seventh annual Volunteer Day after seeing Jones’ story. The organization spent Saturday painting, planting flowers and installing new home decor and furniture at A Second Home for You.

Volunteers were on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on Ohio MENTOR, click here.