Joel Hedlund, Youth Coordinator said, "Its not based on what people look like where they go to church how they act it's, just based on simply loving people and providing a place for them."
The $1.6 million dollar facility took less than a year to renovate. The Visalia First Presbyterian Church owns the 100-year old building, but offers more than just faith based activities. "We're just saying 210 is going to be an opportunity for a lot of different kids with different interests, needs, different backgrounds to come into a safe environment have some coffee surf the internet and maybe make a new friend," said Pastor Rich Hansen.
"210" is open every day. Kids can stop by before or after school, as well as on weekends. Inside, they'll find a cafe, prayer room and meeting space. The center also focuses on music. A recording studio is being built, and bands are already booked for every Saturday night this month.
Local students are excited. "I think music is a big part of everything that we do in life and I know in Visalia music is a huge thing I know it is for me, I'm in a band," said Thomas Sandberg.
Student Heidi Conant said, "I think it will bring a lot more people in because it's not super preachy but we still have that faith based behind it and I think it's just a really opening environment.