Boys in adoption system get new dormitory in Driftwood

By Sahar Chmais 

A new dormitory will become home to boys from all over Texas who are in the state adoption or foster system. 

The Burke Center for Youth, located in Driftwood, has been raising money for the past three years to open Founders Hall for these kids. The nonprofit was able to raise $3.1 million to build the new dormitory where each boy gets his own bedroom. Burke Center for Youth’s goal is to make these boys feel like they have an actual home. 

In addition to providing shelter, the youth center will offer programs that help residents achieve skills, experience and expertise in various areas, while allowing them to experience childhood. 

A ribbon cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m. July 9. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new dorm, the woodshop and the pools. 

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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