By Jeanette Koechner | Resource Development Director
The new facility for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County experienced a slow down in construction due to reevaluating the existing building elevations and sizeing. But with the Board of Directors involvement and continued support the construction process is full steam ahead and to be completed and ready for Summer Camp 2014.
This has been a project that has overcome many stumbling blocks but the necessity to provide for the youth of the community, especially those that need us the most has made everyone involved with the project become more determined to see the complete of a new facility as quickly as possible. The current facility is not air-conditioned, it lacks sufficient space to provide all the valuable programs that are available for our members, the roof leaks in places to numerous to count and the maintenance costs are becoming prohibitive as well as extensive.
The need for the new facility continues to grow as we are experiencing an increase in membership. Over the past 12 months, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County has proveded 23,000 free nutritious meals and snacks to its members. Over 74% of the children we serve are considered to be at-risk. With those numbers becoming a reality, we realize our mission is more important than ever.
Pictures of the construction progress will be posted with the next update.
By Jeanette Koechner | resource Development Director
The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Charles County continues with building plans and the actual construction of their new facility. The need for the new Club has not diminished by any means. If anything, there is a continued increase in the need for programs that will encourage our young children to realize the importance of education and staying in school. It is unfortunate that at a young age, many children are already thinking "I don't want to be in school any longer, I can get a job and support myself". In today's world, education of our children is one of the most important aspect of their life in which we can be involved. We must encourage and help our boys and girls keep pace within or above their grade level. Proficient reading and comprehension of what is read is vital. That is why the Reading Success program offered at the Boys and Girls Clubs is important to our children.
A new facility will allow the Boys and Girls Club of St. Charles County expand the important programs that currently are being provided and it will also allow for space to offer new programs that are vital in helping our children become our future leaders. The Capital Campaign remains in place and will allow for construction to continue and realize the completion of the interior of the new facility.
The current Club continues to deteriorate and the need to relocate to a new facility that does not have a leaking roof, provides more space and is without major maintenance issues is paramount.
The services and programs offered at the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Charles County continues to be an essential part in the lives of the children we serve, the community in which we live and the families of these children.
Your support and donations are still needed and without a doubt, greatly appreciated.
By Jeanette Koechner | Resource Development Director
Progress on the Boys and Girls Club of St. Charles
The new facility for the Boys and Girls Club of St. Charles County is under construction. You can see daily progress. The most recent addition is the stone being affixed to the back side of the building as seen in the attached picture. This is an exciting time for the organization. BUT we are not there yet! We have not reached our goal to complete this project and you help would be greatly appreciated. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS DREAM BECOME A REALITY!
The new 28,000 square foot facility will replace our old and worn out current facility. The current Club operates out of a 55 year old building that has a leaking roof in many places. In some cases it is necessary to move the programs to a different area in the building that might be available and dry. The new Boys and Girls Club will allow for more programs to be offered and more importantly, be able to serve more children. Currently the space is so very limited and it is nearly impossible to add additional programs that are being introduced to us daily by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In many cases, the programs we offer our members are not a luxury but a necessity.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Charles County have found it necessary to step up the educational programs offered to its members and help the children keep pace in school and instill the desire to remain in school. During the school year a meal program is offered. Many children come home from school to an empty house and an empty refrigerator. Children are not able to concentrate in school and complete their homework when they are hungry. Our program offers a hot, nutritious meal each evening after homework is completed to those in attendance in the Club. We are a place where great futures begin and we want to help those who need us the most. We can do that with your support and generosity! PLEASE HELP US HELP THEM.
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