There are five Boys and Girls Clubs in the Pueblo area, and there is a possibility at least one more will close as well. This is bad news for these small communities.
Avondale is a very small town with little for children to do. Residents there say the Boys and Girls Club was their way of not only staying out of trouble, but making new friends as well. For Tyler Rodman, who just moved here from Arizona, the closure means his summer won't be as fun. "Ill probably do what I usually do, just ride my bike or do yard work."
According to Jody Voss, the President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club in Pueblo County, it's hard for non-profits to stay alive these days. "Whats happening in pueblo county is no different than whats happening across the country. There's been a decrease in money from the federal level, the state and the local level to support essential services."
There is the possibility that Avondale won't be the only facility to close, but for now it's hitting the small community hard.
The community center that housed the Boys and Girls Club in Avondale is run by Pueblo County, and it will remain open. In the meantime, they are actively trying to put together new programs to give children somewhere to go at least until school starts.
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