By Yessenia Anderson
WHITE CITY,Ore. — After battling years of financial hardship, the Boys and Girls Club in White City will be closing its doors this September. The 500 students that attend the Boys and Girls Club in White City will have to find another place to go after school.
Officials said it was a hard but necessary move. Officials said, for the last five years, the White City organization has been in a very non profitable situation. Donations for the two branches in Jackson County had been significantly lower than in past years. Both White City and Talent have been running at a net loss in excess of $100,000 a year.
After a recent review, leaders of the organization asked the branches to make a change in their finance model. During the last 90 days, the Talent community has pledged to increase their financial support. But White City was not able to make the same promise and officials say they were left with no other choice.
“Very saddened and heart broken by this decision because we know five hundred kids will have no place to go next year. This is just devastating, the emotion of the staff and the board of directors,” states Executive Interim Director, Diann Gilbertson.
Officials said it takes approximately $225,000 per year to run the White City location. As of right now, the community is supported by about $25,000 a year.
Officials said they are still asking for help. They will be meeting with the school board next week, with foundations and community leaders. But if no alternatives are found, the September closing date will stand. Officials said they are working to identify other organizations that their members could transition to.