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Nov 12, 2015 6:24 PM

Rochester Youth Center to encourage teens to turn away from drugs

ROCHESTER - In Rochester, those who work with teens know there is a shortage of resources available for those at risk of homelessness or drug addiction.

For seven years, they've tried to open a safe place for them to go. Now, it is finally becoming a reality.

Barbara Holstein is a Rochester Youth worker who is helping to open a new safe haven for teens.

Located just a block from Rochester High School on Torr Avenue, the two story building provides a clean and safe place to congregate away from Rochester's popular hangouts that have become drug-infested.

The heroin overdose of 17 year old Eve Tarmey last month, encouraged homeless advocated and counselors to work overtime to get this new teen resource center open by December 1st.

"We will have food, clothing, computers to help with homework, retired teachers who are coming to help, it is needed," said Holstein.

Rochester School officials say more than 150 students experience homelessness each year and student homelessness increased 42% from 2012 to 2014 in Strafford County.

But thanks to the new youth center, teens will be able to connect with counselors to get social services they need.

"t's designed to cater to kids on the border and they're at risk to go to drugs or not be healthy because they are not getting the help they need," Holstein said.

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