The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 22, 2012

Christian-based teen center to open Tuesday


 It took a lot of fundraising, elbow grease and a whole lot of prayer, but Geneva’s Christian-based teen center will open Tuesday with a public open house.

“We are very excited to open,” board member Skye Jerancic said. “It has been a long road to this, but we are operating by God’s grace in all we do.”

The group will open the doors to The Grounds, a teen center with a spiritual base, which began as a coffee house, located at the former Curves building at 304 E. Main St. The open house will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with regular hours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday.

Teens, children and adults are welcome to the open house.

“We are happy to have the adults come so we can explain what we are doing and what we are all about,” board member Doug Dean said.

The center will offer coffee, tea and sodas along with pre-packaged snacks and foods for sale. Local musicians will perform at the center, which can also be used for youth group meetings and special events.

Board members hope to add tutoring and other teen services at the center soon.

“We are beginning as an after school program,” Dean said. “This is a gathering place for youth and young adults, a positive place to go. Kids get bored and they find mischief. We are looking to give them that positive alternative.”

There are no memberships for the daily events at The Grounds, but the center asks that teens and young adults adhere to strict rules of conduct.

“They are free to come and spend time here, but with structure, board member Phil Schmidt said.

The center features board games, Foosball tables, Ping-Pong and pool games.

Even as The Grounds opens, there are still needs for the center, Dean said.

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