New Crockett juvenile facility set to open first of April

A Houston County facility that has sat idle for nearly three years is beingbrought back to life.

According to facility managers, the Davy Crockett RegionalJuvenile Facility is set to accept its first 16 teens on April 1.

The city of Crockett and Houston County have partnered withConerstone Programs to transform the old Crockett State School to a newjuvenile treatment facility.

"When you have that buy in from the community it makes it alot easier to reach our kids," said Tyrene Green, Program Manager,Conerstone Programs.

Program Manager Tyrene Green says Conerstone Programs works withat risk youth and will offer social and correctional services tailored tocommunity needs.

"We offer them anger regressive therapy, sex offendertherapy, drug and alcohol for the most part," said Green.

Executive director of Crockett Economic Development Tom Lambertsays the facility is set to open on April 1st and there is plenty of work to bedone.

"We're working diligently right now to bring it back intoshape it's been vacant a long time and it needs a lot of paint-up, clean-up andfix-up," said Lambert.

Lambert says the treatment facility will create 35 to 40 primaryjobs that will eventually grow into 100 jobs.

"From kitchen work to teachers, physiologists, medicalstaff," said Lambert.

State Representative Trent Ashby attended the officialannouncement this evening and calls the new partnership a monumental benefitfor all of East Texas.

"This success doesn't just happened, to me this should beheld up as a model of how a collaboration between local, state and privateindustry should work together to create jobs," said Ashby.

A model they hope will be a recipe for success.

Officials say the job openings are already on the Texas Workforcewebsite.

On February 11th the Texas Workforce Commission hosted a job fairat the Crockett Civic Center. The facility has hired all but a handful ofworkers from the Houston County area.

"What you normally find in smaller communities is a committedworkforce," Conerstone Manager Jeff Pearson said. "If you do proper hiring andproper training you get people that will stay with you, and in this type ofbusiness, if you have tenured employees that want to work with kids, that is extremelyimportant."

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