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Boys & Girls Club Expands in Chico

There is a waiting list at the Chico facility of the Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley. An expansion is underway to be able to serve more youth.

Posted: Feb 2, 2019 9:49 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Boys and Girls Club of the North Valley is expanding  services and expanding in size.

A new building is being added in Chico to meet the needs of more kids who are attending programs at the Boys & Girls Club.

Prior to the Camp Fire the clubhouse in Chico was serving 215 kids, with hundreds more on a waiting list.

When the new building opens they will be able to serve 150 more youngsters.  Camp Fire evacuees will be given priority, said Resource Coordinator Jessica Booth.

"Well it really comes down to the families," Booth explained. "So many of our families are working, she continued, saying that local families really need the support of a great after school program.

"We'll be able to alleviate those waiting lists we had before and serve even more... especially Paradise families," said said.

Teen Halley Johnson said, "I don't think I'd be able to handle the stress and the stuff that's going on with me now without having the friends in the Boys and Girls Club."

The new building is right across the street from the current clubhouse at 601 Wall St.  Renovations are already underway, and organizers hope the additional program space can be  opened by April 1st.

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