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Public invited to see where teens hang out

Saturday event will feature food, tours, door prizes, fellowship

PRINCETON — Second Story Teen Center, 1033 1/2 N. Main St., will host a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Center welcomes the public to tour their newly renovated space that includes freshly painted rooms and updated decor.

“We appreciate the community of wonderful volunteers, teens, parents and contributors, including Thrivent Financial, who made this event possible. We’re grateful to those who give in any way they can to keep our teens fed and served,” owners Jeff and Dana VanAutreve said.

The event will feature food, tours, door prizes and fellowship for the entire community, teens and their parents, and a grand prize winner will receive a Murray Walker Mower, Roku 43-inch television.

“The purpose of this open house is to give tours to the community and the teens’ parents and families, both those who are familiar with what we do and those that are new to Second Story,” Dana VanAutreve said.

“During the open house, teens are welcome to hang out upstairs and enjoy an extra afternoon at Second Story. This is the time that anyone interested in Second Story can come and experience what it’s all about and how much work has gone into the preparation of this open house with new paint, decor, rearranging furniture and cleaning,” she said.

“I’ve been a volunteer at Second Story for close to two years,” Jan Walters said. “In that time I’ve grown to appreciate how important Second Story is to the teens that come here. It has been a true blessing to really get to know some of them, and I’ve grow to love and appreciate them all.

“We want them to know that Second Story is their place, so we are striving to provide a welcoming, warm and home-like atmosphere for them,” she said.

“The open house is an opportunity for us to express our appreciation to those in the community who have supported us through prayer and giving. We want to welcome the parents and grandparents who entrust their teens to us. We welcome everyone in the community who would like to come up and see what Second Story is all about,” Walters said.

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