BRENTWOOD, MO (KMOX) – Administrators from Boys Hope Girls Hope are hoping to convince Brentwood residents that a group home for twenty teenagers should move into their neighborhood.
Many residents showed up to St. Mary Magdalene Parish Monday night to hear the presentation. The organization wants to purchase two lots at the corner of Madge and Brentwood Boulevard for a home housing up to ten boys and ten girls in separate wings, along with administrative offices.
Residents were concerned about troubled youth moving into the area, but Executive Director Brian Hipp says the teenage tenants are intelligent. “We’re promoting academic excellence but also civic engagement. Our kids are engaged in extra-curriculars, work, and also service learning throughout their time.”
“What I hoped happened is [residents] had a chance to see our alumni and see that we select our kids very carefully based on them not having a criminal record and not having a tendency to be aggressive,” he added.
A similar home exists in Kirkwood and another in Town and Country. Thus far, every student that has completed the program graduated high school and went to college.
Hipp says he will present a proposal to the Brentwood Board of Aldermen in late April.