Boys and Girls Club of New Haven will be closing its doors, Mayor Harp stepping in to help

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(WTNH) — The Boys and Girls Club in New Haven will be closing this Friday.

A statement was released along with the announcement on Tuesday: “With great disappointment, the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven has made the very difficult decision to discontinue its after school operations effective Friday, October 25th.”

According to a release from the organization, the closing after nearly 150 years is due to “financial uncertainty and limited resources” that has created “ongoing operating challenges for the organization.”

The Boys and Girls Club says over the next 90 days, leadership will evaluate and look at ways to continue providing young people in the community with a positive place to learn and grow. The club will remain closed during that time.

Right now, it’s unclear if it will stay that way indefinitely or if there will be some sort of resolve in all of this.

The sudden closing has left some parents to scramble, especially those who depend on The Boys and Girls Club for after school programs.

“It’s sad because now where are the kids going to go? This is something that they enjoy doing when they get out of school, and it’s something for them to come do until late in the evening,” Glenderlina Corley, a New Haven parent, said of the closing.

Mayor Toni Harp told News 8 Wednesday that the city is going to step in and help with the shutdown, that the finance committee is looking to gather funds and is reaching out to other organizations like Yale University to match the city’s contribution.

The ‘Boys Club’ – as it was at the time – was founded by Mrs. Eli Whitney in 1871 in her home on the New Haven Green.


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