Joseph's Home for Boys in Statesboro helps young men turn their lives around. Now, it needs some help itself. It provides a home for children who come from broken homes. They're raising money to build a newer, larger campus.
James Calloway will tell anyone Joseph's Home for Boys is part of local history. But its building needs to be history, period. He says the home has outgrown its home. "Over the last few months we've been at capacity," he said. "We've had to turn away young men because we just didn't have adequate space."
The boys come to Joseph's because of trouble at home, not their own behavior. Now the 75-year-old building is showing signs it's been home for 600 boys, a dozen at a time. They hope to have a new home this time next year. Over the years, they've added on and added on until the old building is 6,500 square feet. The new home will be closer to 8,000.
Volunteers are already collecting money to start construction by this summer in the Gateway Industrial Park. "They're going to be right here in our backyard and we're excited," said Fred Hill of a local Wal-Mart distribution center. "Here in Gateway, we've adopted these boys and we want to help them."
Calloway says with a new campus, they'll help even more boys back on the road to success.