Youth Center Moving Into Historic Des Moines Building

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A center for homeless youth has bought a historic building in downtown Des Moines that in the past has housed a theater, clothing store and cafeterias.

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers plans to move into the two-story building in early 2015. It's raised $1.3 million of a $2.3 million capital campaign, and it needs another $650,000 before it can start renovating the century-old building.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1bJ17aZ ) the building will house an area where youth can get a shower and a meal. They can also receive services like help applying for a job or earning education certifications. There will be emergency beds.

Toby O'Berry, director of Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, says many of the youth have difficult lives and are often escaping abuse at home.

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