Safe hangout for kids to open soon in Sunbury

SUNBURY — It has been a vision in the making for nearly a dozen years.  Ian Snyder of Sunbury says during a mission trip he felt the pull to come back to the city and create the Sunbury Refuge.  Snyder says the purpose is to provide a safe hangout place for kids.  They will get a chance to hangout with kids and have positive adult role models in their lives.

Snyder ran youth center years ago in Sunbury, but closed it when he went back to school.  He is now working on the Sunbury Refuge, in a building donated to him at 821 Market Street.  On the first floor there will be a pool table, air hockey table, TVs, video games and more.  Snyder says the second and third floors will serve as a place for kids to come after school, do homework and get a meal.  They also hope to have a music and art room.

Snyder says the non-profit is Christian-based, but will not focus on religion.  Snyder hopes to have the space inspected by April and to open it soon after.  A group of volunteers will help run the Sunbury Refuge.  More information at (Sara Bartlett)



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