The Porter Home

The Porter Group Home was established by Fred Porter and Reuben Burks to provide a place for young men to Be safe, Gain Confidence, Work on Education, Develop Positive Life Skills, and Transition into a Productive Adulthood or Reunification.

Fred brings over 40 years’ experience working with youth. St Anthony Villa of the Toledo Catholic Diocese is where Fred started his career and spent 10 years working with youth in a residential setting. Fred then worked for Lucas County Juvenile Court as a probation officer for over 30 years. The Lee Group Home is where Fred helped guide youth through different Vocational trainings for over 5 years before establishing The Porter Home. Fred is also a Board Member of Glass City Academy which was established in 2003 to focus on dropout prevention and recovery.

Reuben has over 15 year’s experience in management for The Home Depot, American Red Cross, and Samsung Electronics America.  Mentoring and giving back has always been a passion for Reuben. Reuben has volunteered with youth for career planning and education in the Columbus School System. Worked with his wife and church group providing essential toiletries and other supplies need to the Homeless of Toledo. Coached Track and Field for high school kids in the Toledo area.

Activities are a big part of the daily schedule for The Porter Home. Youth will participate in basketball, bowling, biking, vacations, household construction projects, movies, games, and other social interactions. Maintaining a household is also a part of the daily schedule. Holiday’s and Birthdays are a special event in The Porter Home.


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