Mansfield Church Program Helps Kids Create A 'New Destiny'

  • 6/14/2019 2:36:17 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - When Brian Olar's parents first adopted his sister, Destiny, he believed he was called by God to help change the lives of young people in the community. Speaking with a few members of his church at Belmont Community Church, he became the program director for the New Destiny Program - an initiative that aims to help steer kids in the right direction.

"New Destiny is a faith-based program," said Olar. "We show them the love of Christ through the volunteers of our church. We reach out to kids with addicted parents, whether it be alcohol or drugs. There are a lot of programs out there for adults, but very few for children. We wanted to let them know that there is a different path that they can travel. They don't have to follow in their parents' footsteps."

Olar says several studies exist that show over 78% of children raised in a family that abuses drugs or alcohol end up making the same mistakes, and that the New Destiny program exists specifically to combat that demographic.

"On average, we have 25-30 kids a week," Olar said. "We're just trying to reach out to them to let them know that somebody cares, somebody loves them. With the help of the members of the church and the volunteers, it's been great. We're excited to see what is happening next."

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