Long Branch mom opens up heart, home to local kids

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? A Long Branch mother has opened up her home and heart to area children in need of a safe haven.

Tanya Badilla says the idea started three years ago when she noticed her then 10-year-old son was headed down the wrong path. She asked her son what she could do to make him stay at home and out of trouble. Badilla installed basketball nets, video games and Internet access in her home, which is now affectionately known as ?Team Jump Off.?

Badilla hopes to one day take ?Team Jump Off? to the next level by providing scholarships for the children.

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