The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland will close its Cleveland Heights location on May 31.
“Our strategy in the Boys and Girls Club is to work in the urban community,” said CEO and president of Cleveland Boys & Girls Club, Ron Soeder. “We didn’t have the funding support to be in an inner ring suburb. We’re trying to find a space for each, and every one of them. It was hard- you know it was hard. The kids have been there.”
Soeder said a partnership with Heights Youth Club had worked well. The two have provided afterschool programming for kids in Cleveland Heights and University Heights.
BGCC has no plans to open in a new location in Cleveland Heights. He said families with children currently attending the club will not be charged fees for the month of May. Any monetary commitments made for summer programming will be refunded.
There is a partnership with Open Door Academy to find an alternative for youth, but only 15 slots are available.