A ping-pong table, couches galore and a six-screen video game center. Add a state-of-the-art music studio and plans to build an enclosed skateboard park in the parking lot and you have a young person's dream hangout.
That's what Tom Davis, director of Spokane Youth for Christ, was hoping to create for the new Hillyard Youth Center. The Hillyard location is YFC's second neighborhood post and was made possible due to the success of the West Central branch. YFC chose West Central and Hillyard because they are home to the most needy children in Spokane.
The Hillyard Center was originally an auto repair shop until it was donated to YFC in 2009, after renovations were completed, the center had a soft opening and has been serving youth in the area ever since.
Davis said his primary goal is to inspire.
“Regardless of your faith, if a kid has hope, it is going to help their school work and their daily lives,” Davis said.