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Teen building family crisis center
KIRBYVILLE- by Haley Bull
A Kirbyville High School junior started renovations Saturday on a house she bought a house for people to temporarily stay in during family crisis'.
The house on West Lavielle St. in Kirbyville needs a lot work, but Kelsy Mauer, 16, has big plans for it.
"I get that a whole lot, that I'm just a junior in high school and I get well, okay, you can't do that all by yourself and I think the more that people tell me that I can't do it, it just makes me want to do it even more," Mauer said.
Family and friends helped the high school junior start renovations on what will be a free family crisis center.
"Sometimes people have had enough, they get frustrated, they get stressed out, they have things going on at work that they might, you know, worry about," Mauer said. "So little things just keep on stacking up and stacking up and in a few cases, it just gets into where it can be a dangerous situation for somebody."
It's what Mauer said drove her to create the non-profit organization 'A Friend's Place,' about two years ago.
"It's all just been paperwork and waiting for things and trying to pay off the house. Just this past week, I paid off the house completely," she said.
Mauer said after an elderly woman died, her son sold Mauer the house for $2,000 plus tax, setting her goals in motion.
"The community needs something like this and I hear a lot of people tell me that you know, it's gonna be hard. But I think I can do it. It's gonna be worth it because it will help a whole lot of people," Mauer said.
The house still needs major renovations, including tearing down a wall and putting on a roof, but Mauer said she hopes to have it finished within six months.
Her parents are helping her in the process.
"It makes me very proud as a parent to see her wanting to give back to her community," Michelle Mauer, Kelsy's mother, said.
Kelsy Mauer said she hopes to expand in the future, and add more houses in the community. She said she wants to become a family marriage counselor.