Boys and Girls club to get more funding, more kids expected to attend

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-03 15:14:21-04

TALLAHASSEE,  Fla. (WTXL) -- Millions of dollars are on the way to Florida's Boys and Girls clubs the money will go towards offering much needed services to children across the Big Bend.

The hallways at the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend may be a little empty right now, but in a week hundreds of kids will be filling these classrooms.

"Its a safe place and their building those positive and adult relationships," said Theresa Fury.

It's a program theresa fury, the executive director says is much needed for children and parents so they don't leave their kids unattended during the summer or after school.

Fury says hundreds of parents depend on the program

"I think 80-percent of our kids come from single parent homes and over 60-percent of our kids are at or below the poverty level. I'm not sure our parents would have any other place to send their kids," said Fury.

Fury says many of those parents can't afford child care and could be forced to leave them home alone.

She says she's grateful the state is providing an additional $9 million dollars towards all the boys and girls programs which will expand even more services to children. Fury says they currently receive about $87,000 a year for their location.

"With every child comes expenses, and we don't turn any child away," said Fury.

It's an opportunity Fury says they'll definitely be able to provide and are expecting hundreds to show up to the club on Monday.

The director of the program says they won't see a budget impact until around September.

Parents can sign their kids up at a cost $35 a week.