It all started when…
Victor Maldonado came to New York from Puerto Rico at age 13. He became involved with a gang the Mau Mau’s, and began using and dealing heroin. In 1966 Victor met Jesus through Teen Challenge in Brooklyn. He then gave up 17 years of crime and rebellion to counsel young people.
In 1968 at the Ohio State fair Victor met Margie Lake while sharing the gospel at the fair booth. Margie and Victor married in 1970, the year Outreach For Youth began. Outreach become a recognized 501c3 ministry in state of Ohio.
Outreach was established to give hope to young men and women in the clutches of drug addiction. Our end goal is to see men living soberly, being productive members of society, strong father’s, and faithful husbands.
The first house was purchased in 1970 on 14th Avenue. Later the 16th avenue property was acquired. In 1975 the houses were sold and Outreach moved onto a 20 acre farm in Pataskala, where we remain today.
Victor and Margie directed the ministry until 1997 when Victor gave the reigns to his son Stephen. Steve has faithfully led the organization to new heights, establishing a 90% success rate of men who have completed the program and graduated. Originally the program was designed to be a six month program, today it is a 9 month to 1 year program. The residents are delegated small tasks and responsibilities that instill faithfulness and integrity. We teach them new life skills while being mentored by staff for their future and being developed in the their present.
Daily Steve and his staff share the responsibilities of giving Bible study, one on one counseling, and coming along side men as they work on and off the property. This allows the men to establish work ethic as they serve the greater Columbus area. The heart and purpose of Outreach transcends upbringings, ethnicity, and background to extend hope and restore souls out of the darkness of addiction.