Dave and Cheri Anderson were delighted to offer the Red Cross to use The Coach Eby Youth and Family Center, to provide assistance to those affected by the Coldwater Inn fire. Not only was it a fire that directly impacted their community, it also fell in line with their spirit of giving. Throughout their lives, the Anderson’s have sacrificed to provide for others in need.
The Anderson’s began working with teens by offering their home as a place for five teens from their church who were looking for a peer pressure free place to spend time. This became a Friday tradition. One evening, they were going to be home late, so they told the teens to make themselves at home. They arrived at home to find 40 youth in their home. It was at that point they realized there was a growing need for teens to have a pressure free location to spend time.
They were at a crossroads regarding the decision to attend school and pursue a career in youth ministry. There was concern about the ability to sell their home. They discussed the issue among their friends and shortly thereafter, a neighbor offered to purchase the home. It appeared as if the pieces were coming together. There was still one obstacle, which was to pay of some debt. Dave attend a Christian business breakfast where he mentioned the problem. They received a $6,000 check within days. The final piece of the puzzle was in place.
They went on to attend school, and moved to Coldwater in 1996. They began to build a teen center at First Baptist Church, which soon had 400 teen participants. In 2004 they were asked to carry on Coach Eby’s book ministry. Coach Eby was a very giving individual, he gave 90% and lived on 10% of his income. The book ministry later dissolved and The Coach Eby Youth and Family Center was founded.
The goal of the Coach Eby Youth and Family Center is to help kids make good choices, and encourage adults to provide a positive environment.
The Red Cross is pleased to have met the Anderson’s and appreciate all they do for the Coldwater community!