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Open Arms just got wider

By Len Kiese - bio | email

September 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany organization will now have thousands of dollars to hit the streets to help runaway or homeless youth.

Open Arms learned Tuesday that they've been awarded a $300,000 Street Outreach Program Grant through the Administration for Children of Georgia.

It will help the dozens of South Georgia kids who run away from home and end up on the streets or moving place to place. "In the meanwhile, what was happening was people were using these kids for their own sexual gain. They were prostituting kids out. Kids were stealing to make it so the aim was to get them off the street to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and criminal behavior," said Open Arms Associate Executive Director Rosalynn Fowler.

The money will help Open Arms with several outreach efforts. They're already working on a drop-in center for runaway youth and they'll use a vehicle to patrol areas in search of children in need of help.

Anyone who needs help can call Open Arms at 229-431-1121 or the 24-hour helpline at 229-432-1300.

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