Lack of funding threatens to close oasis for at-risk teens

SEATTLE -- Only generosity can keep a critical lifeline for struggling teenagers from shutting its doors.

Without a boost of cash, the Peace for the Streets by Kids is in danger of closing. Teens are desperately hoping someone will save the Capitol Hill youth center they have relied on for years.

The center has been around since 1985. Some of the kids who come here have mental health issues or drug problems. It's a where they can hang out, and get help turning their lives around.

Center user Shelly Hamilton wants a better future for herself and her baby.

"It's a good place for me to come to for me to finish my GED, and being able to bring my daughter," she said.

The center normally counts on donations and grants of more than $70,000. But that money has not come this year, and as a result, the center's doors could close in just days.

"Our students need the most support that they can get, and I honestly don't know of many places they can go outside of these door," said center director Olivia Pryor.

Since word has spread of the center's financial troubles, there has been an uptick in giving. The center also held an emergence fundraiser on Friday night. But it remains unclear whether the last-minute efforts will be enough.

In the meantime, the kids are hanging on.

"I made the choices I made -- that I needed to transition and I needed to build my community rather than destroy it. And this place showed me that I wasn't crazy and that I had the power to do that," said center user Cody Ingram.

The board for the nonprofit group will meet on Thursday night to tally the donations and make a decision.