Foundation to match up to $100K in donations for Youth House for homeless teen girls

The youth house will be located in the former Cascade Presbyterian Church. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - A challenge grant of $100,000 will match donations dollar-for-dollar to support a new facility for homeless teen girls.

The Tykeson Family Foundation announced the grant Monday.

The foundation will match the first $100,000 in donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County’s Youth House for homeless teen girls at 3350 Willamette St.

"Our trustees were captivated,” a statement from the Tykeson Family Foundation said of the project. “The youth house will connect these students with positive adult role models and provide a safe, healthy, family-like community that can help them thrive. Teen homelessness is becoming an epidemic and the youth house can make an important difference to give these kids a better chance in life.”

The grant could raise a combined $200,000, "potentially completing the fund-raising for construction of the $1.85-million facility," St. Vincent de Paul said in a statement.

The youth house will offer homeless teen girls up to two years of free housing, food and casework.

The goal: to help the girls get an education and prepare for adult life.

The youth house will be located in the former Cascade Presbyterian Church.

“Homeless teens are among this community’s most vulnerable citizens," said Terry McDonald, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul, "and the Tykeson family’s gift will make a profound and lasting difference in the lives of the many young women who will reside in this facility."

The gift will also allow St. Vincent to start work on a second youth house project for homeless teen boys. A search is on for a location in the Bethel or Springfield school districts.

CBT Nuggets, a Eugene-based company, recently announced a $2 million pledge which will cover all or most of the cost of the second youth house project.

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