Community center for teens plans to open soon

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CLINTON, Ill. (WAND) - A community is coming together to build better futures.

The Vault, a nonprofit community center, focuses on creating a positive environment for social and academic growth for teens. Founder Michelle Witzke says she wants to help kids reach their full potential.

"Kids are going to want to come here because they want to be anywhere else than the brokenness and chaos in their own homes," Witzke says. 

According to Witzke, The Vault was established to try to counteract the rising rates of drug use, delinquency, mental health disorders and teen pregnancy.

"Good choices require good options," Witzke says. "We want this to be a good option for them."

Dewitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner says The Vault will help kids stay out of the judicial system.

"We want to make sure there's more kids coming into The Vault than into the jail," Shofner says.  

Crews have been working on the facility for more than a year and hope to have everything finished by late summer. 

So far, the community has raised $350,000 for the project but Witzke says they still need more.

"Depending on how much our roof repairs cost, we'll probably need 15 to 20 thousand more for the lower level," Witzke says. 

All donations are tax deductible. Anyone interested in learning more can visit the organization's Facebook page.

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