GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Wait House isn't just another nonprofit seeking time and resources from the Kellogg family.
It represents more than a shelter for homeless youths and a transitional home of mothers needing a place to stay.
The Wait House — an acronym that for "Welcoming Adolescents in Transition" — is a living memory for Wayne Kellogg, founder and CEO of Warren Tire Service Center Inc. It was the very first charity that he threw all his volunteer time and financial resources behind.
"I grew up kind of tough, and I just recognized a need of some additional help in training, and that's what I wanted to put my emphasis behind."
Mr. Kellogg first got interested in helping the Wait House get off the ground because, he said, he read a story in 2001 about the fledgling facility and was reminded of his mother, Helen.
His mother, he said, had very little means, but that didn't prevent her from helping those who needed it.
"I remember my grandmother had a friend who had a need," Mr. Kellogg said. "We lived in small house, but my mother took her in and had her living in the living room."
His mother also took in a family of five who lost their home in a fire.
"I mean, our house was tiny, really small," he said. "She was always giving, lending a hand."
The Wait House is actually two houses, joined by a walkway, that sit in an established residential neighborhood in Glens Falls. One is a transitional home for pregnant and/or parenting mothers, and the other houses co-ed emergency youths. Both homes serve youths ages 16-24.
Warren Tire provided office space at one of its dealerships for several years before the Wait House had space of its own. Mr. Kellogg served two terms on the board of directors at the nonprofit, and today holds the title of board member emeritus.
His support of the charity was passed down to his son Bob Kellogg, now president of Warren Tire, who also has served on the Wait House board of directors.
Bob Kellogg and the Warren Tire staff continue to provide financial support and volunteer for several Wait House events, including the annual Pizza, Wings & Basket of Things auction and the Fall Fundraiser.
"I'm not sure where we would be without the help and support of the Kelloggs and Warren Tire," said Margaret DeVries, executive director of the Wait House.