MASON CITY, Iowa - It is an organization whose mission is to create hope and opportunity for troubled children by outting them first.
"I'm just here to get my mind straight about what I've done," said Antionio Yepez.
Francis Lauer has spent the last 50 years helping individuals like Yepez through difficult times through a variety of services.
"We have the day program that runs 8 AM to 8 PM, and we have a shelter which is a place for you to come 24/7," said Shanda Hansen, the Community Base Center Director.
But, the center does more than just help troubled teens.
"It's no longer just for troubled kids out here, it's to support their whole family," added Hansen.
Jeff Brinkley, the Chief of Police for Mason City, was in attendance and says that a lot has changed since he first became involved with the program, especially with the evolution of social media.
"I think social media, as social as it is, has made us anti-social to some degree," said Brinkley.
However, people like Antonio are thankful for the benefits the program has to offer.
"They help with school, so you can do any schooling here. It's kind of your pace, too," said Yepez.
Yepez is confident this will help him lead a better life for him and his family.
For more information on the Francis Lauer organization and what it has to offer, you can visit their website at www.yss.org.
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