New Boys and Girls Club opens in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY - The doors of the new Boys and Girls Club in Jefferson City are set to open Monday night.
Originally, the club was located on Elm Street, but had to be torn down and relocated to Lafayette Street as a result of construction on the Lafayette Street interchange.
With a price tag just over $3 million, the new facility is three times larger than the old location, and is able to serve more than three hundred children a day. Divided into two levels, the main level will serve elementary age children, while the lower level will serve middle school and high school age children.
According to Stephanie Johnson, Executive Director of Jefferson City Boys and Girls Club, the facility will play a prominent role in the community.
"We want to make sure that the children who need us most, have access to our services," Johnson said. "Everyday we pick them up from school, we help them with their homework, provide them a hot and nutritious meal, help them develop character, stay healthy. It's a wonderful, safe place for kids in our community to go to."
The facility had a soft open just after the Memorial Day weekend, and according to Director of Operations Christopher Sutton, it has gotten the stamp of approval from many of the kids attending.
"We had one kid who said he had high expectations and when he walked through the door, we exceeded his expectations," Sutton said.
With 10-20 staff members working the facility, Sutton cites volunteer help as one of the area of the facility that could still be improved.
"I would like to have the community embrace this club. We need more volunteers to really come in and really help us to change the lives of our youth," he said.