Former Seahawks player Marcus Trufant visits youth center

A new youth program caught the eye of Tacoma football legend Marcus Trufant.

According to a press release, the community house of beacon center in Tacoma recently added a day program that provides resources and workforce development tips to help youth and young adults thrive.

The program also focuses on the mental health of people aged 18 to 24 and provides advocates to help resolve personal issues. Day-to-day management is handled by the Life Enrichment Group (LEG).

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Monica C. Mathewst, Founder and CEO of Life Enrichment Group, greets former Seattle Seahawk Marcus Trufant, who grew up in Tacoma, during the public tour of the new expanded services for homeless youth at the Beacon Center in Tacoma on Wednesday July 20, 2022 Tony Overman [email protected]

“We are thrilled to introduce innovative approaches to mental health that focus the voices of young adults and provide genuine care and concern for the well-being of the individual,” said LEG Founder Monika Mathews. , in a statement published in the press release.

As for Trufant, he showed his support for the program and toured the center on Wednesday, July 20.

Trufant, a native of Tacoma, has made it his mission to give back to the city, whether through mentoring and coaching or Trufant Family Foundation.

“Tacoma is full of positive people, young and old. I am delighted to be here today. I’m thrilled with what this community center means to the community, what it means to me, what it means to young people,” Trufant said during the tour.

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Former Seattle Seahawk Marcus Trufant listens to speakers during the public tour of the Life Enrichment Group’s new expanded homeless youth services at the Beacon Center in Tacoma on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Tony Overman [email protected]

Trufant, who also works with youth, said it’s important for young people in Tacoma to have a place like Beacon Center and a day program.

“It’s beautiful here. Children need to have a safe place, to feel safe, to see examples of what it is like to be positive, to be in a successful situation. It’s just near and dear to my heart,” said Trufant, who played cornerback at Washington State University and played 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

The day program at the Beacon Center opened on July 11 and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Beacon Center also has a daily overnight shelter open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The center is being renovated and upgraded to include an improved resource center and computer lab.

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Former Seattle Seahawk Marcus Trufant (far right) joins Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards (center right) and Life Enrichment Group staff during the public tour of the new expanded services for homeless youth of the band at the Beacon Center in Tacoma on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Tony Overmann [email protected]

This story was originally published July 21, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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