Kids in Crossroads will get more room for after school programs, a state-of-the-art technology center and more after a $900,000 renovation of the Boys and Girls Club Clubhouse at Eastside Terrace townhomes, according to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue.
The organization recently celebrated the grand reopening of the clubhouse, which is located in a King County Housing Authority community in Crossroads, according to a press release from the organization.
The renovations include a technology center supported by , a teaching kitchen and homework space for elementary and middle school students, according to the organization.
Eastside Terrace is a 50-unit public housing garden community in the Crossroads neighborhood of Bellevue.
The renovated Clubhouse features triple the original program space for Project Learn, the Club’s after-school program, according to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development partly funded the project, because of the efforts of Sen. Patty Murray, according to the Boys and Girls Club. Additional funders included Norcliff Foundation, McEachern Charitable Trust, as well as KCHA capital and operating funds.
“I am so proud to have been able to work with the community to help invest in the renovation of the Eastside Terrace Clubhouse,” said Sen. Patty Murray, in a prepared statement. “The new Clubhouse is an investment in our kids and our future, and will allow the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue to continue the great work they are doing to benefit young people in the community.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue has run the Project Learn program at three King County Housing Authority locations during the past 15 years, including at Eastside Terrace. During this time, thousands of local youth have engaged in fun, structured programs that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and leadership opportunities.
“King County Housing Authority continues to make a significant investment in the future of our kids” states Ryan Scott, vice president of Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue in a prepared statement. “Our partnership with them is critical to making a positive impact in the community.”
“Providing decent affordable housing is not in itself enough,” said King County Housing Authority Executive Director Stephen Norman, in a prepared statement. “The success of our efforts – and the economic future of the region – rests upon our ability to provide our children with the education and skills necessary to contribute and compete in the marketplace. We are grateful to Sen. Murray for her long-standing commitment to providing resources to educating and supporting kids, without which the project would not have been possible.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue runs 13 clubhouses throughout the city, including five at elementary schools throughout the and two teen centers.
-- Information from Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue