Students assigned to the Timbrook House Youth Reporting Center are giving back to the community this summer. Every Thursday in July the seven students currently in the program are completing community service projects. The projects include painting over graffiti and picking up trash under the Jubal Early Bridge as well as painting over graffiti at the Fire Training Center on Woodstock Lane. Members of the Winchester Police Department’s Community Response Team (CRT) are overseeing the projects. The paint used for the projects was provided by Lowe’s in Winchester which donated more than $400 worth of paint.
The Timbrook House Youth Reporting Center provides alternatives to detention for at-risk youth, including those who violate terms of probation or who commit new crimes while on probation. Referrals to the Timbrook House come from the school system or juvenile court. Many of the referred youth are nonviolent offenders with serious truancy or behavioral problems who previously would have been sent to detention facilities or expelled from school. The summer portion of the program is held Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.