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Story last updated at 6:24 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rotary, others help at-risk teens

For the past four years, the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown has focused on at-risk teenagers who are homeless or living in untenable situations. We went from an initial donation of $2,000 to the Teens in Transition program of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to this year's donation of $11,635 to three agencies to enable them to expand their services to teens throughout the school year. To date, we have funneled nearly $18,000 to programs which help the at-risk youth of the Lower Kenai Peninsula on a day-to-day basis.

We want to thank the Teens in Transition Program, the REC program of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, and South Peninsula Women's Haven House for their participation in what we have come to call the Teen Safety Net Program.

But we could have done none of it without the generous donations of the Homer Foundation and Rotary District 5010 which have provided more than 90 percent of the funds we have been able to give to this program. To them go the real kudos.

Donations from the Homer Foundation also have helped us support Hospice of Homer, the Homer Food Bank, Project Grad, and Share the Spirit. We are grateful for their help.

Jan O'Meara

Community Service Project Coordinator

Rotary Club of Homer Downtown