Organizers of the Maryland Living Center in Hastings, Nebraska, are hosting Chief Justice Mike Heavican on a private tour August 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
The Living Center is a permanent housing facility that aims to successfully transition homeless youth (ages 16 to 24) into independent living. Hastings residents and child advocates from across the state have been monitoring the progress of the facility which opened July 31, 2013.
Judge Michael Burns, who received the 2012 “Most Impact” award from the Supreme Court’s “Through the Eyes of A Child” Initiative, will accompany the Chief Justice. South Central Nebraska’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Director RuAnn Root, and Executive Director of the Hastings Housing Development Corporation Linda Addison, will lead the tour.
The Living Center program, created by CASA, in conjunction with the Housing Development Corporation, is designed to provide transitional apartments to homeless youth, and guidance to young adults who have aged-out of the foster care system. The Living Center provides services and assistance to become productive, independent members of the community.
Heavican has given priority to the needs of children and adolescents throughout his term as Nebraska’s Chief Justice. “I am impressed with the efforts of everyone in the Hastings community for joining together to make this inspirational project a reality. I look forward to seeing The Living Center and talking with residents about their experiences,” remarked Heavican.