By Yessenia Anderson
WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Boys and Girls Club in White City will be closing its doors come this September. That decision is set to have ripple effects across the whole city. Boys and Girls Club officials say they have been battling years of financial hardship and with no other source of funding in sight it was a tough but necessary decision.
The White City location is an after school meeting place for approximately 500 students kids that will now have to find an alternative outlet. Officials say both White City and Talent clubs have been running at a net loss in excess of $100,000 a year. Its programs that school district officials like Phil Ortega say are crucial in youth development.
Ortega’s graffiti clean up group is one organization that frequently partnered with the club and will now suffer that lack of resource as well. The Eagle Point School District met with the Boys and Girls Club this morning to discuss their circumstances and possible solutions.
The school district says it is too early in the process to name any confirmed alternatives but will continue to work towards supplementing that loss. Officials say it takes approximately $225,000 per year to run the White City location. At this point they need $100,000 to keep from shutting their doors, club officials say they are still reaching out to the community to rally that support, otherwise the September date will be final.