CNHI News Service
Tickets are still available for tonight’s Matthew West concert at 7:30 at the Paramount Arts Center. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Golden Girl Group Home in Ceredo.
Founded in 1983 by Judy Gilkerson, who remains an administrative consultant and therapist, the group home is licensed to serve 24 girls ages 12 to 21 who are classified as neglected and predelinquent and unable to make a successful adjustment in their natural homes or foster care homes.
Revenue generated from tonight’s concert will go toward the construction of a separate home for those who are older than 21 and seeking to establish lives on their own, said Nikki Thomas, a team leader at the group home.
Golden Girl had planned to renovate an existing building on its property into a home for young adult women, but serious problems with the building’s foundation required demolition, Thomas said. Groundbreaking for a new home on the same site will be Oct. 26.
All the young women in the new home will be high school graduates who are either employed or seeking employment. The home will serve as a transitional one as they move from the group home to private residences, Thomas said.
According to West’s website, the lyrics of several of the songs on the “Into the Light” CD “illuminate the struggles of the abused and imperfect, with “Unchangeable,” “Moved by Mercy” and “Hello, My Name Is” offering particularly vivid expressions of divine love amid the cruelties of the everyday world.
That makes the concert a particularly appropriate tool for raising funds for Golden Girl, said Thomas, as the home daily deals with girls who have been abused and neglected.
West, 35, who is from Downers Grove, Ill., has received several Dove Awards for his earlier CDs and is well-known among fans of contemporary Christian music. Tickets for tonight’s concert can be purchased at the box office, Thomas said.