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“A lot of (the kids) are searching for a role model or they’re searching for a place to hang out and be comfortable, and we provide that for them here,” he said.

“I know that I would either be in jail, dead or on the street,” Garcia said.

A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven – Weed and Seed is located at 906 N. Tornillo St. in Las Cruces. (Photo: Polo Orta / For the Sun-News)

Arthur C. Fielder Safe Haven Weed and Seed Program provides a safe place for at-risk youth.

But throughout, Garcia said Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St., was the one place he could go for security and safety. He has attended the Weed and Seed program since he was in first grade.

Weed and Seed was started 17 years ago by three Las Cruces Police Department officers who wrote a grant to fund the program, Felipe Briseño, youth program coordinator, said.

Garcia, a senior at Centennial High School, said after he graduates, he plans to attend New Mexico State University to study engineering or attend an art program in Seattle.

“Anything that a father would do for a son — he’s always been there,” Garcia said.

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