By Jackie Galford, features editor and Kaitlyn Walsh, staff writer
Youth for Christ, also known as “Campus Life” here at SHS, has a vision of owning a community-based cafe located at Grotto Park designed for teens to socialize in a positive Christian atmosphere. The mission of Youth for Christ is to provide the opportunity for young people to work together with the local church to raise followers of Jesus Christ. Youth for Christ meets on a weekly basis in the home of Ed and Denette Adams. “A cafe has been the desire of several people for many years due to the lack of place in our area for young people to hang out and socialize free from negative influences,” said the Adams’.
Grotto Park is chosen for the location of this cafe for various reasons. “Our desire was to have it at a location that would not necessarily single out a particular community. Our hope is that the cafe will reach the bigger community of Crawford County, not just Saegertown. Grotto Park has so much potential beyond a cafe. At the park there is a large green area that we could have outdoor summer theatre nights, music concerts, and bonfires,” said the Adams’.
The cafe sparks many emotions for Ed and Denette. “We are excited and overwhelmed all in one. We are so excited about the possibilities. We have been sharing with young people for over 10 years and have heard many stories first hand of the struggles and stresses of young people. We want to offer a possible solution to the problems. We want to offer a positive alternative to all the negative temptations.”
People interested in hearing more about the project can attend a meeting at Grotto Park on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. “There is a twofold purpose for this event. We would really like the young people to come and express their desire for a community hang out and for the adults to hear the need from the young people,” said the Adams. To accomplish the vision of a positive Christian based-cafe, the community is invited to take part in this great opportunity. So, feel free to come enjoy a nice cup of coffee and some dessert and learn more about the desired cafe dedicated to the youth.