Laurie Beal is the director of Garage Ministry/ Wadsworth Youth for Christ, a safe and encouraging hangout for at-risk (or any!) teenagers…complete with skate ramps! She also leads their teen parent support group, free baby supply store, teen addiction recovery group, school supply and clothing room, the Friday night teen hangout, and their year-round Prom Boutique, which offers free dance attire to any teen! She was born to amazing teen parents and feels blessed to provide a support system she wishes they had. Laurie serves on various boards and advocates for homelessness, addiction, and foster kids (one of their 4 is adopted from foster care.) She best loves coming alongside people and cheering them forward. She’s currently teaching homeless friends to make goods to sell at their “maker shop” where they’ll receive ALL the money! Laurie’s husband, Jim, their kids and two grandkids often serve alongside her. A highlight memory is spending the night in a tent with her youngest son, Mason, nestled between homeless friends’ tents in the depths of Akron …in January.