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Variety helping Four Oaks


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) --  Variety is helping Four Oaks make a difference in the lives of kids in two of their many programs. It may appear to be an average kitchen but coordinators of the Asperger's program at Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids say it's a long way from its days as home for troubled teenage boys.

"When we moved in, it was in pretty rough shape and so Variety Club has helped us remodel, helped transform it into a really nice living space and more of a family-like home for the kids and families that come to our program," said program coordinator Monica Ryan-Rausch.

The home is a place where high school and middle school students with Asperger's can come together as well as their parents.

"We're the only program that serves kids with Asperger's and high school students and I think what they've discovered is the young person is getting the services that they need to help them with socialization in school, workplace and they've made friends with each other," said Ryan-Rausch.

A couple of doors down, Variety helped pay for new furniture in these residential treatment homes. A small refurbishment that makes a difference when it comes to playing Wii, watching movies, or just sitting and talking.

"It just makes everybody feel more comfortable to be here. It's not easy to come in to residential treatment and to be living away from your family so this creates an environment that makes it a little easier to be away from home," said program coordinator Karla Graves.

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