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Youth make blankets for Center of Hope

The Renton Youth Advocacy Center delivered blankets to the REACH Center of Hope on Monday, including from left, front row, youths Grace Babunovic, Emilie Babunovic, Emma Walther, Hannah Walther and Shade Moon. They made blankets with adults, including from left back row, Jim Harvey, Peggy Sue Babunovic, John Houston, Peggy Walther and Kathy Spellman.  - Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter
The Renton Youth Advocacy Center delivered blankets to the REACH Center of Hope on Monday, including from left, front row, youths Grace Babunovic, Emilie Babunovic, Emma Walther, Hannah Walther and Shade Moon. They made blankets with adults, including from left back row, Jim Harvey, Peggy Sue Babunovic, John Houston, Peggy Walther and Kathy Spellman.
— image credit: Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter

Youth and volunteers with the Renton Youth Advocacy Center delivered blankets to the REACH Center of Hope women and children's shelter on Monday.

Center Director John Houston and Board member Kathy Spellman accompanied the youth to the center to make the presentation to REACH Center workers, Mayor Denis Law and City Council member Marcie Palmer.

The group got donations from the Renton Lions Club to make the blankets.

"It's doing excellent," said Houston of RYAC, which opened at the end of the summer.

The youth center has between 15 and 20 youth attending tutoring and hanging out in the center. Since opening, RYAC has contributed to the community not only for youth but for families. In addition to the blanket drive for the REACH Center of Hope, RYAC supported eight families with food baskets for Thanksgiving.

The REACH Center of Hope has been experiencing success with its clients too. Recently the center reported home placements for eight families. The day shelter is located in the bottom of Renton City Hall, with overnight housing at area churches.

The center has started to open its doors to single women during the day, without children, said Rev. Dr. Linda Smith.

To volunteer or donate to RYAC, call 425-793-3535. To volunteer for the REACH Center of Hope, call 425-277-7594.

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