BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – One nonprofit organization in the capital area received a $20,000 grant from Home Depot to upgrade and refresh their building.

AMIkids is a nonprofit organization that helps teens get certifications and their GED to join the workforce.
They said their goal is to give these kids a place where they can grow, and feel at home.

“70805 needs attention, right? This organization is right there, sit in the middle of it. And what they’re doing as far as getting these young people off the street, keeping them off the street, getting their GEDs, getting them certified, and putting them into the workforce, it just falls right in line with what Home Depot’s values are,” explained Veronica Jano-Baptiste, the store manager for Home Depot on Highland Road.

$20,000 Home Deport is helping AMIkids get a new building to continue their mission.

“New countertops, new appliances. And then we started to work throughout the building. So we placed all the sagging and broken tiles throughout the building,” she said.

From a brand new kitchen to a fresh coat of paint and a new garden, those in the program said it brings them a sense of joy to know someone else cares about their future.

“With the remodeling of the school, it makes us more comfortable and let people know like, ‘Hey, we’re actually a school. We’re a real school,'” said Jano-Baptiste.

With the help of Home Depot, they’re also bringing a public pool back to the community.

Home Depot said this is only the beginning they will also be mentoring the children every day on things that matter. The new and improved building will be completed by the end of this week.