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    Posted July 13, 2014 by
    Lafayette, Alabama

    Youth Center Closed In One Horse Town

    Hello, My name is Travion "Trae" Smith and I live about an hour north of Montgomery AL. I have a mother who is going through a very difficult time in her life. Recently we ventured out on our own and started a business. The business was a game room/community center that would host a mentoring program called Moving Forward 2014. From Jan till July we have invested everything we had into this business, which came out to be almost $5,000 and although money wasn't flowing as we had planned we still put in every effort to make things work. We live in a small town that has no outlet for the local youth to express their creativity or talents. We have hosted a community fashion show, and even allow a young gentleman to host his newly found dance classes free of charge. Well last week the state fire marshal came in and told us that they received calls that our building was a hazard & that due to our building not being up to code we would be forced to close our doors. It would cost well over $10,000 to install the necessary sprinkler system to maintain our facility. Considering that a substantial amount of buildings are not up to code, we feel we were targeted. No other business has yet to be closed, but yet our facility for the community has been reported. So we decided to close for good. Due to us closing the Dancing Princettes, who perform at local non-profit & benefit programs, will be no more. Our Moving Forward 2014 has also come to a startling halt. It hurts me to know that these kids ranging from 4-15 will no longer wake up in the morning and walk through our doors smiling, eager to learn more about core subjects while building character. My mother has been heart broken and has lost all faith. I am scared for my mother and I feel that the weight of grief has become too much for her to swallow. Throughout her life she has dealt with physical, mental, and sexual abuse. This business was her last attempt at redeeming herself by showing the community that she isn't an angry loathsome individual. Her life of fighting to keep her home together, keeping my adolescent brother off the streets, and tending to my grandmother who is up in age, is enough to drive anyone to do something they may regret. I love her and am turning to you for help, I need her story to be heard and I won’t stop until her story is written. God has something in store for us; we just need help achieving it. I am begging that you all hear my cry for help and at least let everyone know of our attempt to help these kids of little ole Lafayette AL.
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