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With your support, we can keep building our youth-focused community center in honor of Maurice Lewis!

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With your support, we can keep building our youth-focused community center in honor of Maurice Lewis!

We are fundraising to build our future!

WE DID IT!! REESE'S HOUSE IS HERE!

We are so happy to announce that we officially purchased this beautiful building on June 7! Since then, we have been hard at work getting everything situated and planning for what comes next. Our plan, purpose, and passion are still the same and we are pursuing the path laid out below. We know that this is an opportunity to do something incredible for our town and county and we are working hard to do just that!

We are fortunate enough to be able to afford this building with grants, but there is always a need for donations. The most effective way to help us make Reese's House a community hub is through monthly recurring donations. Small amounts of $10-$20 go a long way in helping us ensure that our bills are paid while allowing us to effectively plan our programming for each month. It might not seem like a lot, but these small amounts add up and make a big difference.

Please consider supporting Reese's House and our community. Every single penny raised through this page will go directly to our bills and maintenance for the facility and programs. If you can't make a donation, please share our page and story with your friends and family. The only way we can build community is through our community!

Check out our story and plan for the building below! Don't forget to take the virtual tour!

We started Our Future First immediately after losing our friend Maurice Lewis in May of 2018 to an act of random gun violence in our hometown of Millville, NJ. At 19 years old, Reese was the kind of person who did everything he could to help others and we wanted to do something to keep his memory and legacy alive.

Our dream has always been to open a community center called Reese's House that focuses on working with teenagers and young adults. Through our experiences in education, we understand that this age group is one of the most neglected. If we are going to build our youth for the future, we have to invest in their growth instead of assuming it's just going to happen.

Reese's House will serve as a place where people can get help with all things school-related, talk and receive counseling on life, college and career opportunities, learn about entrepreneurship and organizing through a lens of innovation and empowerment, and just be themselves in a safe environment. Our center will be a place where our youth can come to hang out, discuss the issues that are impacting their lives, and receive unconditional support to help create actionable solutions to these issues. Our goal is to help this generation of leaders understand that the only boundaries that exist are the ones that we allow to be placed in front of us. We will help them pursue their passions to ensure that they are given every opportunity to be successful and lead the life that they desire.

We're very excited about this particular building space because it will allow us to establish a unique and innovative relationship with Wildflower Vegan Cafe, a local Millville restaurant that has been thriving for over a decade. They will lease our commercial kitchen space (as seen in the video below!) to create their incredible food and desserts. They will also provide training and job opportunities to our youth and community, hold cooking classes and seminars, bridge the gap between our local farms and our homes, help us host monthly fundraising dinners, and much more!

While Reese's House will absolutely be a hub for our youth, it will also serve as a true community center where local organizations and groups can utilize our space to meet and build with their people. There is a lot of incredible work being done in our area right now and we want to support and help in any way that we can.

Imagine a place where we can come together as a community to pour into our youth, a place where we can build the future of our city and county together, a place where the only limits to what you can do are in your own head. This is Reese's House.

Our youth needs this. Our city needs this. Our future needs this.