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A Place To Call Home, Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 6:24 AM EST By WKBW News
Lancaster, N.Y. (WKBW) - Rickie R, 20, was having hardships at home. Then, sadly lost both his parents, which left him without a permanent home and other troubles. “I was staying with random friends, really anywhere I could fall asleep. It was hard. I was doing the wrong things, like steeling and things I shouldn't be doing,” Ricky said. Then, he found a group home that helps boys 16 to 20 years old, right in the heart of Lancaster. “We're Plymouth Crossroads. We house up to eight boys at a time, coming from all walks of life. We house boys from city as well as the suburbs,” Program Director Jennifer Thorpe said. Thorpe said this group home is a place the boys can call their own. There is one stipulation. “I would say they have stricter rules than other guys their age. We have curfew. They have to be in at 10 pm. They can have a cell phone but they don't go upstairs with them because they need to get a nice night sleep,” Thorpe said. She said each boy had a unique and sometimes heartbreaking story, along with many stories of success. Seth R. faced many problems growing up. “There was alcohol involved with my family. I ended losing both my parents to suicide when I was 16-years-old,” Seth said. He came to Plymouth voluntarily, after he overdosed on drugs. Now, he is not only clean but also an employee of the organization. “I have the passion, I'll work on days off and volunteer. I'm not here for the paycheck. I want to give back to where I was,” Seth said. The boys can easily apply to be a part of the house but there is limited space. They can stay there for 18 months or until they turn 21-years-old but Thorpe said they can always come back for a visit. She said they are a family. “Everyone's path is different, we don't pick their path. But as long as they know they have someone in their corner that is what it is about to us,” Thorpe said. Thorpe said for many of these boys it is not about being defiant. It is about truly needing support when immediate family is not there. She said Plymouth is somewhere they can call home. “This place saves lives. It's a blessing to be here. It definitely saved my life,” Seth said.