Dennis and Michaela Lee celebrate with their granddaughter and two volunteers at a special open house for the DaySprings Youth Center on May 25. The center also joined the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, which will open doors for volunteers and community awareness. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Starting June 1, the DaySprings Youth Center will be open to teens ages 13 – 18 Mondays through Saturdays from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Volunteers are still being sought to help in various shifts and can apply by calling 702-427-3854.

The center hosted an open house on May 25 to a couple dozen community leaders and business owners to assist in educating the community about the core purpose of the center.

“We want to keep these kids off the streets,” said co-founder Dennis Lee. “So far, we’ve got quite a few teens who take advantage of the resources here, but there are still many who are not aware that we are here. We need to fix that.”

The center is located behind Ace Hardware at 211 First South St., Suite A. There will be a fundraiser dinner Saturday, June 3 from 5 – 7 p.m., at the Living Waters Fellowship, located just two doors down in Suites C and D. The money raised will help fund the center until grants can be secured. “We have several we are working on,” said Lee, “but they take time. This will help us get by until then.”

Prices for the dinner fundraiser are $15 per adult, $7 per child ages 6 – 10 and free for children ages five and under. Families consisting of five or more people can pay a flat rate of $60 for their meal.