Boys Hope Girls Hope, a facility under construction in Richmond Heights for middle and high school students whose home environments aren’t conducive to good school work, will be ready for them to move into this summer.
Executive Director Deacon Farrelly said they’re moving from three separate St. Louis locations to the one — on Elinor Avenue — so it will be a staggered move. The office will move the first week of May; the students will finish the school year where they are and move in over the summer.
He said the new house increases the capacity to 20. They’re losing three kids to graduation, and have 12 openings to fill. They’re in the application process now.
At the new location the house on the west is the boys house, the house on the east is the girls house and the center building is the office.
“I don’t know if we’re going to get all beds filled right away; it’s a pretty unique program,” he said. “Although there’s a lot of need, it’s sometimes difficult to ask people to leave their homes.”
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Farrelly said only one or two of their current students would need to transfer to MRH, but they don’t know about the new ones coming in.
“The kids have been on tours of it, and their eyes are bugging out, they’re so excited,” he said. Ribbon cutting is Sunday, May 15.