Group Home Moving In

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

Waynesboro residents on Rosser Avenue feel left in the dark about a new group home for kids opening on their street. But those behind the project say they are just trying to create a home for kids who don't have one.

"It kind of scares me the thought of troubled children next door to me," said Joan Patton.

That's the fear of many of the residents.

But Anderson Group Home said the fear has been blown out of proportion.

"The quote on quote troubled youth, they are not troubled in the sense where you have to lock your doors, cars being stolen, graffiti murals all over the place," said Mache Wells, who works with the group. "No, that's not the case."

Instead, she said they will open the door to eight 11- to 17-year-old girls who have run into minor trouble with the law or those who have no place to call home.

The girls who live here will be monitored at all times.

"If we can't see them or we can't hear them, we're not doing our jobs," she added.

Neighbors are still concerned.

"We have kids here too," said Tina Davis who lives in the neighborhood. "We are not unconcerned about children. We are concerned about our kids too and the other children in this area."

But the group hopes maybe with answers move-in day will be a welcome one whenever it comes.

The Anderson Group said it is willing and even eager to meet with these neighbors.

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