HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The decision to close the Farley Boys and Girls Club was well calculated.
“It costs us a lot of money to operate this facility,” explained Patrick Wynn, President of the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama. “We felt like an organization, we really needed to support our kids in the inner city and put more of our limited resources back in the inner city.”
But they found sometimes the best calculations can’t account for people’s passion. So, Wynn and the board changed their minds.
“When [the parents] tell you the impact the club has made not only on their kids but on their families, we just knew at that point we couldn’t close at the end of the school year,” said Wynn.
Wynn says board members recognized the need in South Huntsville.
“We found out as an organization that this is working class families out here. Both parents always working. They need this extended day for their kids.”
Club employees and parents hope the club can remain open beyond the summer, but it depends on community support.
Already, parents are seeking their own solutions.
“My first thought was how could they [close the club],” said parent Michelle Matthews. “Then my thought was no, we need to come together as a community, as parents, to figure out what we can do to keep this club open.”
Wynn says they will seek grants, private, and city funding to help find the funding they need to keep the club open next school year and beyond.