Initially, the Salmon family ran their youth ministry, Fullfilled, out of their home. But when a couple of kids turned into 40, they realized there is a need for a central location for the youth to gather.
What started as a vision quick became a reality for the Salmon family.
In the midst of running The Vault Smokehouse, Money and her husband, Jason Salmon, opened Fullfilled House bv, a youth rec center.
Located adjacent to downtown is a wooden building housing a 24-hour prayer room, recreational room, creative arts room, kitchen and a food pantry. At the moment the pantry is migrating from The Vault Smokehouse to the Fullfilled House.
“We have never turned anyone away for food,” Money affirmed.
Before the family ran the food pantry, they often went door-to-door, feeding families.
Last August, Money had the vision of a patio-like area and several rooms for teenagers and young adults to hang out and congregate. She described her thoughts to Jason, and he knew it was the soon-to-be-developed Back Porch Coffee House.
It was the first time for Money to visit the building and immediately knew everything was going to work out. In no time the couple took over the lease in November and opened in February.
“This is a safe place for people to hang out and don’t take anything away from their church and advise them on the in-betweens,” Money explained. “We like to give an authentic perspective of Jesus and the bible.”
The House is open to the public Friday through Sunday, and the Salmon family serves dinner and worship Sunday starting at 5 p.m. On Tuesday at 7 p.m., the guys and girls break into their groups. Ages range from 13 to 22 for the guys and girls group. Money added that the demographics of visitors change weekly.
The Salmons constructed the schedule, so visitors don’t miss out on their church events that usually take place on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
In 2006, Money and Jason felt a calling to advise junior high students. At the time their three kids Savannah and Hope were young, and Jason their youngest wasn’t even born yet. So, they did not have a connection with that age group yet.
“My heart has been broken for the youth since 2007, and my husband and I started doing small groups for the youth. But the idea of a youth center wasn’t even on my brain until last year in August.”
Surprisingly, Money realized she identified with the students especially the ones who were struggling. She recalled her younger days when her father battled a drug problem, which lead to physical abuse.
“I remember being in junior high feeling, 'I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what my purpose is.’ And being gravitated from one wrong thing to another, all because I didn’t know it was wrong, and honestly because I didn’t care. There was no sense of self-worth, and I didn’t know Jesus then. There was a lot of brokenness,” Money recalled.
When she heard the same stories, it broke her heart in a way that influenced her to address the needs of the youth and young adults. Money’s priority is for the kids to succeed and get closer to the lord and help build an identity with Jesus.
ONE MAN’S TESTIMONY
Before Mike LePoint met the Salmon family, he was a teenager lost in life. In his younger years, he dealt with tragic circumstances and the weight of that carried over into his teenage years. He had never spoken about the root of his struggles and the adversity in his life only progressed.
“I was a terrible, awful, awful person. I wouldn’t have wanted to hang out with me throughout high school,” he elaborated. “I was terrible to women. I didn’t know what friends to hang around and who not to, so I got involved with a really bad crowd. I got into drugs a couple of times, was underage drinking with lots of different people.”
Then he met Money and Jason at House of Praise.
“I stuck with them because they were so personal to me and they stuck with me through some really difficult seasons of my life. I felt more connected with them than only one else,” LePoint explained.
Jason became a close friend to LePoint, almost like a father figure. LePoint expressed how easy it was to talk to Jason and how Jason’s actions effortlessly rubbed off on him.
“I felt open with him. Just by him leading by example of what a Godly man should be, more than that, a morally upstanding person should look like and how you should treat people and act like a man,” LePoint explained.
The 2016 Waxahachie Global alumnus graduated with his associate's degree and works at The Vault Smokehouse. He also serves as head of security at the Fullfilled House. But, his passion is in police work. Currently, LePoint is involved in the Waxahachie Police Explorers program. Once the 19-year-old is of age, he plans to work on the Waxahachie police force.
When reflecting on the past, LePoint is thankful for meeting the Salmon family and for them providing a space for the youth and young adults to gather. He agreed that he would not be who he is today without them.
“I like to think that at some point I would have straightened up but more than likely that would have come at the hands of being behind the bars of a prison cell,” LePoint reflected.
“It’s a great place to connect with a family environment, and that’s what I think connected to me the most that they are just as welcoming as my own family is,” he emphasized.
The Fullfilled House is located at 500 Cantrell St. in Waxahachie. They can be reached at 214-980-1118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.