Friday, December 21, 2012

Teen homeless group gets nonprofit status

Reset organization working toward establishing safe house


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Jean Bohl

Reset House, an organization dedicated to providing a safe place to stay for teenagers removed from their homes, has obtained nonprofit status through the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office, enabling it to seek tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.

Former Wood River High School teacher Jean Bohl, chair of the Reset House board of directors, said Wednesday that an application has been filed with the IRS that if approved would allow donations to the organization to be tax-deductible.

“We have a huge expectation that it will be accepted,” he said.

Bohl said she hopes the tax-deductible status will prompt large contributions that would be used to establish the safe house.

“The Reset House is dedicated to the mission of providing a secure and nurturing environment to estranged youths, in order to reconnect them with their families through restorative practices,” Bohl stated in a press release. “The organization was founded in reaction to an ongoing need in the Wood River Valley. Astoundingly, even here in Sun Valley, 40 percent of surveyed students know of fellow students who have been homeless within the preceding three months.”

Bohl and other professionals, including educators, a psychologist, a physician, a marketing specialist and an attorney, have been working for the past year on establishing a safe house for homeless teenagers.

Reset House got a financial boost last spring when Silver Creek High School senior Taylor Jameson, as her high school senior project, raised $1,973 for the then fledgling organization.

Bohl said then that the funds raised by Jameson were enough to get the organization moving toward nonprofit status, to raise community awareness and to begin searching for a safe house location.

“Our goal, hopefully within the next 12 months, is to secure a facility,” he said Wednesday. “There’s still a need for it because there are youths, even as we speak now, who are staying at friends’ houses because of conflicts at home, and that’s not changing.”


Reset needs volunteers

Reset House is seeking volunteers to help with the organization’s mission of providing a safe place for teenagers to stay if they can’t live at home. The organization is also seeking contributions. Jean Bohl, chair of the Reset House board of directors, can be contacted at Theresethouse@gmail.com for further information.


Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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