By: Jarod Dyess, Administrator
The young men that come into Youth-Reach Houston often come from broken homes where outings and recreation are rare. It is not uncommon for them to sit at home, unsupervised as latchkey kids during time off from school. For this reason, we delight in getting our boys off campus to experience outings as often as possible. For Spring Break this year, staff took our boys to something fun each day of the week!
On Monday, the boys enjoyed laser tag and arcade games at Main Event, and Tuesday, the boys sped down the track on go-karts at Houston Grand Prix. The boys loved playing at the beach in Galveston on Wednesday.
“This was my favorite day because I’d never been to the ocean or near the gulf,” remarked the newest level two resident, William. “We got to go swimming, play football, and play yard games!”
Thursday, the guys embraced true Texan heritage with a trip to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where they were able to ride carnival rides and witness—many for the first time—events such as bull riding, calf roping, and barrel racing.
Rounding out the week, the residents and staff went to combat on the paintball field at Survival Games of Texas.
“It was a blast! My heart was racing. Bullets were spraying everywhere and I was returning fire,” boasted Kevin, level three resident. “I had a couple of battle wounds, but I will never forget the day I shot Mr. Dylan in the forearm and it looks like it might scar.”