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Boys Town cooking up new energy with remodeled kitchen

Boys Town Central NE

This article is written by Danielle Davis. It was posted on ksnblocal4.com on March 8, 2019.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Boys Town in Grand Island has been serving the community for almost 30 years. They've also been working with a kitchen that is as old as the home, Friday they cut a ribbon on a new kitchen.

Experts recommend that families spend dinner time together to strengthen their bond. When you are living in a temporary home environment that sense of normalcy can become even more important.

The Boys Town newly upgraded kitchen is giving the home a new energy.

"These are kids who have been labeled bad kids, and they are not. There is no such things as a bad boy, only things like bad training, bad examples and bad thinking. They just need new skills and we are here teaching them those skills and it is really encouraging to see kids thrive as we reinforce those skills," said Megan Andrews, Boys Town Senior Director.

Tours of the house were given by the kids.

"Everything at the shelter is aimed at giving the kids a real family and give them a strong family feeling," said Founder and Volunteer, Dori Bush.

The kitchen was completely gutted and rebuilt to reflect modern times. The entire project cost about $150,000 and was done completely with community donations.

"I am really glad the community has stepped up and helps out because this is an important facility for not only Grand Island but the entire state," said Senator Dan Quick, (R) Nebraska

Although the home is temporary for kids, while they are there they have improvement programs and structure.

"A lot of our kids come from fractured homes where it is not normal to eat, cook or pray together. We try to give them that normalcy as much as we can. We really believe that every kid deserves to know what it is like to be part of a family. Our kitchen is a big piece of accomplishing that," continued Andrews.

While the kitchen was being rebuilt, businesses, organizations and individuals brought them food every day. The house can hold 18 kids at a time.

They are currently in need of:

1) Parent Child Interaction Therapy Equipment

2) Video Equipment for Doctoral Student Training

3) iPad (2)

4) Window coverings

5) Loveseats (4)

6) Chairs (4)

7) End tables (4)