HARRIS' HEROES

Harris' Heroes: Boys Town provides home, support for D.C. children

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Thomas McGray is living proof that it takes a “village to raise a child.”

Boy's Town (Photo: WJLA)

McGray, 18, a student at Cheney University in Pa., is a show that a child’s surroundings do impact their life and its outcome.

“The Geters are a positive model in my life. Without them I don't know where I'll be, to be honest,” McGray said.

McGray says living with the Geter’s at Boys Town in northeast D.C. was a turning point in his life.

“The love I felt, the caring, the honesty, the support, anything I needed they were able to provide for me,” he said.

The unique family-treatment program provides a safe home for kids, ages 13 through 18, while many wait to reunite with their biological families.

“We take them in like our own,” said Hubert Geter, a family teacher.

Hubert and Chauna Geter look after six boys.

“They're like mom, dad, auntie, uncle, or whatever they want to affectionately call us and you see them respond to love,” said Chauna Geter, who is also a family teacher.

The Geter's raise the teens in their home on the boys town campus—and they hold high hopes for each child.

And McGray plans to do just that—he is majoring in Psychology with a 3.0 GPA and is making the Geter’s proud.

“That's our reward. If they are able to succeed in this life and provide for their families be great citizens and husbands and fathers. I'm satisfied,” Hubert Geter said.

 

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