ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- The Children's Home of Wyoming Conference announced Thursday that it intends to purchase the former Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome building in Endicott.
In August, the Boys & Girls Club on Clubhouse Road closed after 56 years of serving the community.
The Children's Home says its "initial focus" will be to continue the Maine-Endwell and Union-Endicott school districts' after school programs.
When the club closed, the United Way helped support the after school programs.
"In a very short amount of time, a couple hours, several individuals from each of the school districts as well as our board, came together to talk about how can we be part of a solution and we're fortunate that we do have great support from our community," said LoriAnne Welch, the executive director of the United Way of Broome County.
In a joint statement, Union-Endicott Superintendent Nicole Wolfe and Maine-Endwell Superintendent Jason VanFossen said:
“The Union-Endicott and Maine-Endwell central school districts are pleased to welcome the Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference to the former Boys and Girls Club location in Endicott. We also look forward to the addition of their school-based child care program, which will be available to families at Charles F. Johnson, Jr., George F. Johnson, Homer Brink, and Maine Memorial in the near future.”Union-Endicott and Maine-Endwell Superintendents Nicole Wolfe and Jason VanFossen
Broome County executive Jason Garnar said it was important to act fast after the club initially closed its doors.
"Losing the Boys and Girls Club in this part of the building, this part of the community was a huge loss, but knowing we have a great partner like the Children's Home that's gonna step up and as we heard today provide a lot of that same programming and additionally more programming is great news for Broome County and especially Endicott," Garnar said Thursday.
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