Turning tragedy into hope

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- For Chris Snapp, moving on means starting an outreach group aimed at keep teens out of trouble and off the streets.

"I hope this is his legacy," Chris said. "I hope we can build this into something where not only Josh is remembered, but we're helping a bunch of people out there."

Josh Snapp was found murdered in the desert near Horn Rapids in Richland last summer. At just 17 years old, he was already hooked on drugs and hanging out with the wrong crowd. He was working to change his life around, but never got that chance.

"An established group like this would definitely have helped all these kids," Chris said.

Out of this tragedy came "Cushions". It's a group his father, Chris, started just last month to help troubled teens. It's named after the countless couches and floors his son slept on during his darkest days of addiction.

"I want to change other people's lives as much as I can," said Samantha Reisenhauer. "I don't want to see another one of my friends go down like Josh did."

Samantha is what you'd call a peer counselor for the group. A young mother of two, she's been down the same road as kids like Chris' son.

"We need this around Tri-Cities, because we don't have anything," she said.

The mission of the group, besides staying clean, is to stay busy. The city of Richland donated a plot of land in a community garden to get them started. The kids will not only plant, care for and harvest the vegetables; they hope to sell them soon. They'll take them to the farmer's market as a means to raise funds for the group.

"I hope to teach these guys what integrity means, what's it mean to come together," said Chris.

He hopes to give them the tools they need to succeed.

Cushions is also restoring a classic Chevy pickup. They'll be at Cool Desert Nights to show it off and raise a little money. They've also teamed up with Safe Harbor for future outreach projects.