FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The safe place for over 2800 kids in Fort Wayne will be rebuilt in 2018. The 7.7 million dollar facility aims to double the number of kids who attend the club.
"They give me a safe place to come to... Someone could come up to me, the staff, and ask me what's wrong, and I can talk to them about it and turn the frown upside down," said Desmonae Thomas, 13, who attends the club.
President and CEO, Joe Jordan, said the money for the facility is thanks to the community.
"We are so excited to be a part of this community. We have a great community, a community that cares and gives, and so we were able to raise these dollars through generous donations from the community," Jordan said.
The club is purchasing six houses behind their current facility to make room for the new building.
Jordan said the facility will heavily focus on the needs of teenagers.
"We're going to have a really, really robust teen program. We're going to have a workforce development component to the teen program, exposure to these teens, so they can make sure they have a pathway to a productive adulthood," he said.
The kids are thrilled to know they'll have an even bigger place to express themselves, and grow after school.
"I want to say thank you for taking your time to put in money for us to have a new facility, and have a bigger space for more children to attend," Thomas said.
Demolition on the current facility will begin in January. The club will continue their programming at local churches until the new facility is completed in December of 2018.