State to Help Catholic-Run Center for Troubled Youth
Ramirez, Chris, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The state will help a Catholic-run center for troubled youth build $1 million in health and recreation facilities for use by clients and the public.
Auberle's Community Wellness Initiative calls for construction of ballfields, outdoor basketball courts, climbing walls and a community walking trail at its McKeesport campus as well as renovations to its gymnasium.
The project will include so-called challenge courses and rope courses. Counselors and mental health experts believe such courses have therapeutic qualities that help abused and neglected children regain their self-esteem.
"We know that throughout the region there's a shortage of these kinds of specialized facilities ... as well as those for regular sports," Auberle CEO John Lydon said. "We want to be able to share what we have with the community."
The announcement was made yesterday during Auberle's annual board meeting in McKeesport.
A Catholic agency, Auberle houses children aged 7 to 18 ordered by judges to live there because they have behavioral problems or were removed from their parents' custody. The home provides a supervised independent-living program for people with special needs 16 to 21 years old. …