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This renovated apartment complex could give foster kids new opportunities

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Boys and Girls Haven in Louisville serves several hundred kids. Boys and Girls Haven in Louisville serves several hundred kids.
Old bathroom tile, worn carpet and outdated furniture are just a few conditions found inside the Klondike Lane Apartments near Bowman Field. Old bathroom tile, worn carpet and outdated furniture are just a few conditions found inside the Klondike Lane Apartments near Bowman Field.
The building belongs to Boys and Girls Haven, a non-profit that works with teens who are about to be too old to stay in the foster care system. The building belongs to Boys and Girls Haven, a non-profit that works with teens who are about to be too old to stay in the foster care system.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Their biological parents are not in the picture and they're about to be too old for the foster care system -- but some of those teens are getting a new living space.

Boys and Girls Haven in Louisville serves several hundred kids. When those teens decide to stay in state care, that agency takes over.

Old bathroom tile, worn carpet and outdated furniture are just a few conditions found inside the Klondike Lane Apartments near Bowman Field.

The building belongs to Boys and Girls Haven, a non-profit that works with teens who are about to be too old to stay in the foster care system. The agency helps find them housing and provides educational support and job training.

"We teach them how to get enrolled in college, how to cook, how to clean, how to do everything that your parents would teach you, when these kids don't have the parents, the support system to rely upon,” said Boys and Girls Haven CEO Jeff Hadley.

Monday afternoon staff members announced the completion of a two-year renovation project. The 17 units inside now have new flooring, furniture and paint.

"First we cleaned them out then we started the construction," said Sheyenne Whitten who earned the nickname "drywall queen" by helping with the renovations after school.

Whitten hopes to have a career in construction and says Boys and Girls Haven helps her follow that dream.

"You know when I have something going on, they're there for me," Whitten said. “Staff, as many as there are, they've also helped give emotional support -- either way they're always there."

That support shows through their actions and work ethic.

"I'll tell you these kids have given a hell of a lot more to me than I ever gave to them,” said James Alvey with James Alvey Construction. “It was just an absolute pleasure working with them."

State privacy rules did not allow us to speak with the young men who live in the apartments. But program director Josh Swetnam says they're happy to have found a home – and sometimes even come back once they leave.

"We provide that home base to come back and get support when things are tough or share good news when things are good that's how we provide a family for these kids and into the future really,” said Swetnam.

There's currently a waiting list for the renovated apartments but those should all be filled by the end of January.

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