Volare Restaurant

More than a dozen kids in foster care are sleeping in a gym after their home burned down last week, but the community is stepping up to help.

The Boys & Girls Haven says the outpouring of support has been overwhelming, but the teens still need help.

On Wednesday night, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Haven was held at Volare, an Italian restaurant on Frankfort Avenue. Ten percent of all sales are going to the foster care organization.

"We wanted to help out," said Executive Chef Joshua Moore. "It's just heartbreaking, you know, kids that already have enough to deal with, and then (the fire) on top of it."

Last Tuesday, a kitchen fire broke out in an apartment on Klondike Lane for teens transitioning out of foster care.

"They literally walked out of that building with nothing more than what they had on," said Read Harris, CEO of Boys & Girls Haven. "In many cases that was literally flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt."

Now 16 of the teens are living inside the facility's gym until a new place is found.

"There's a need to replace plates, glasses, beds, all the things we take for granted in a home as we rebuild this building," said Harris. "The effort tonight is going to help us get there."

Diners at Volare were also treated to a special Christmas performance by Linkin Bridge. Group member Big Rome works with youth at the Boys & Girls Haven.

The benefit happened on the restaurant's busiest night of the week.

"We wanted to make sure that we picked a night that would be a packed restaurant and have a good opportunity ot raise a lot of money," said Moore.

"Louisville's giving and caring heart is huge," Harris added.

If you'd like to help, the Boys & Girls Haven is still taking cash donations to help re-furnish new homes for the teens.