Medford City Council Authorizes $250K Grant for Christian Group

Youth 71Five Ministries will use the money to build a vocational training school and provide transitional housing for homeless youth.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2018 11:06 PM
Updated: Nov. 1, 2018 11:06 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Rogue Valley Youth for Christ is announcing their departure from the national organization Youth Valley Christ USA. It will continue under the new name Youth 71Five Ministries.

According to Bud Amundsen, Executive Director the mission and programs remain the same.

The new name comes after a three-year transition from the National affiliation due to restrictions on the ages of children that could be served. The National office restricts ages to 11-19 and locally that would impact over 400 kids a year.

Bud Amundsen looks forward to continuing to serve youth locally, "We are excited about the future of Youth71Five. We will continue to have the ability to address the needs of local youth."

While the name has changed, programming and staff remain the same. The organization will continue to transition over to the new name throughout the remainder of this year.

Thursday night, the Medford City Council authorized the execution of an agreement granting the $250,000 community development block grant funds. That will help buy and renovate a property on Almond Street in Medford. The building will serve as a vocational training school and transitional housing for homeless youth. 

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