Deal In Works To Save Boys & Girls Club Programs
December 11, 2018 NPT Staff
The Salvation Army in New London, Conn., is in discussions with the Boys & Girls Club of America to bring back programs for at-risk youth. Several programs were discontinued when the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut closed earlier this year, according to a report in New London-based The Day.
The local Boys & Girls Club lost its operating space along with its national affiliation and funding when the Thames River apartment complex closed. Residents moved out of the 124-unit high-rise building after years of deteriorating conditions. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Voucher program provided a grant to relocate families.
Although the club closed, the board remained active overseeing what was left of the finances. Board President Beth Hogan said the members are ecstatic about the potential partnership with the Salvation Army. “It’s the best possible outcome,” Hogan old The Day. “We’re excited at the prospect of a Boys & Girls Club staying here in New London because we think it’s so important to the community. The goal of the board is to see the Salvation Army’s plans succeed,” she said.
Capt. Jose Borrero, the New London Salvation Army’s commanding officer, told with The Day that the Salvation Army facility has the space available to host the social, health, and educational programs previously provided by the Boys & Girls Club. “We’re thinking this is going to be a great partnership, a collaboration that will serve our community,” he said.
While the partnership is still being finalized, Borreo believes it will come to fruition in early 2019. Additional funding is needed, as well as a solid volunteer base. Borreo reported the two boards are taking their time to ensure the partnership is sustainable and will not run into staffing or funding problems.
“If this comes together, it’s going to be a very good thing. This is like a holiday miracle,” Hogan told The Day.