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Ruston children’s home helps to turn shattered lives around

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RUSTON, LA (KSLA) -

The Louisiana Methodist Children's Home in Ruston helps children with behavioral and emotional challenges, and one Louisiana Tech student credits the home with turning her life around.

"This is the first room they put me in," said 22-year-old Amber Brown.

Brown walks the halls of her former home proud. Brown lived at the children's home for four years leading up to college.

Brown, like many of the children who make their way to the home, has dealt with a troubled past.

Brown said her mother's drug abuse left her in the care of her grandparents, but by the age of 10 she was living with other family members. Soon she was bouncing from foster home to foster home.

"Pushing it aside worked for so long that I didn't know I hadn't dealt with it," Brown said, adding that she dealt with physical and sexual abuse as a child before moving into the home.

Years after moving out, Brown now works at the at the place that turned things around for her.

And the same life skill classes that helped her round the hairpin turns life threw her way are the classes she now helps to teach.

"People who work here are a huge blessing," she said.

The LMCH is a nonprofit financed through donations.

The home is holding a fundraiser tomorrow, offering an evening with Si Robertson, at Louisiana Tech's Thomas Assembly Center.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the events start at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $12.50 for groups of 15 or more.

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