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Youth Center to open July 1 by Patti Babcock Eight teen-age crisi  calls came into No To Abuse only a week after school adjourned for the summer. Four teen- agers had to be sheltered. "These are not bad kids, and they shouldn't be having these problems," according to No to Abuse Executive Director Kathy Scott. "What they need most is a place to go and something to do." Scott identifies a problem, then seeks a solution. True to form, she contacted community leaders including Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, ongoing supporters. She met with her able staff of volunteers, joined by Jodee Beckett of the Pahrump Family Resource Center, also a leader who sees solutions. In hours, this group put together a plan to do what both town and county politicians have been unable to do for several years.., open a youth center in Pahrump. Not next year or two years from now, not next fall, but in two weeks they plan to open the doors to a temporary youth center. Fred Conte, Pacific Equities Corp., has donated the use of the 130-by-60 foot metal building across from the No To Abuse home also donated by PEC. Volunteer workers are already busy clearing the building of miscellaneous storage items, junk and dirt. Some are stapling donated carpet to frames for wall covers. Others are working on the two swamp coolers and trying to obtain a third cooler to make the building habitable. Beckett and Cathy Collins, a No to Abuse staffer, are putting together a youth advisory council to run the center with adult advisors. At least two local churches have vol- unteered adults to help su- pervise the young people. Can it be done? "I'm sur- prised it's taking two weeks," said Joni Easley, president of the No To Abuse Board of Directors as she sat with a determined group of volun- teer leaders. "But, Cathy does have to be in Tonopah tor several days," she said, and everyone laughed. Scott gives credit to her talented and willing volun- teers. She cites the recent fundraiser put on by the eight members of the Sundance Dance Company. The pro- ceeds, a little over $800, will be seed money for the youth center. There is also some money remaining from the Rotary Club donation. In addition, Trick Trucks donated more than $100 from Sunday's raffle at Stagestop's weekend Fun Day. A couple of local contractors have offered their services to help with repairs to the metal warehouse. Double doors have already been donated and some other materials. There will be games, pool and pingpong depending on what is donated. A sno-cone machine and a popcorn machine are desperately needed. "I bet some people in Pahrump have machines just sitting around in their garages," Scott said with her usual optimism. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 19, 1997 9 The center also needs tables, chairs and whatever anyone has that would be useful to the enterprise. Dedicated volun- teers are the catalyst that will make the center a reality. To be part of realizing this community dream, attend a meeting at the center Monday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. To donate time or goods or for more information, call P.J. or Cathy at 751-1118 or drop by No To Abuse located off Highway 372 behind A Desert Connection and across from the Humane Society. "Giving our young people something to do is child abuse prevention," Scott said. It will also give Pahrumpians the opportunity to prove or dispel one reason politicians have not moved tbrward with a youth center, the claim it won't be used. All are invited to come have a look and lend a hand, a thought, a dollar. ttEIGHBO00, 36"x 60" Plus 4 B0wback Side Chairs 5 Pieces Plus 4 Chairs your choice Oak Leaf or Arrow Back eces Ad Merchandise nways similar as shown Subject to stock on hand Quality Furniture Lowest Prices POSTER BEDS