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Franklin nonprofit helps young men find direction

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What’s next?

It’s a question everyone faces after they graduate from high school.

For some, the answer is easy. But for others, it can be the beginning of a long struggle.

A unique program in Franklin is trying to change that.

The Narrow Gate Foundation is a nonprofit Christian ministry that gives young men the tools to find a purpose in their life.

McKenzie Meredith is a confident craftsman who creates high-end wood products. He has come a long way.

“I really hit a point where I had nothing left to lose, hit rock bottom,” Meredith said. “I was suicidal, didn’t know who I was. I had no idea what I wanted from life.”

Enrolling at Narrow Gate changed that. During the eight-month program, lifelong carpenters teach young men more than just woodwork.

“Also to learn the basics of what it takes to keep a job,” said Tom Constance, a Narrow Gate mentor. “Be on time, do work with diligence. We focus on excellence. We’re not going to turn out something sub par.”

The young men there admit they needed that.

Blake Smith called this his first real job.

“I’m always the guy here the earliest to get the day going and to get myself ready,” Smith said.

The quality of what they produce is so good that Carbine and Associates, a well-known Franklin home builder, now buys their products. That money helps support the nonprofit where 250 men have already graduated from the program.

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