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UPDATED: Boys and Girls Club looking for new home in Rimbey

The organization has lost their dedicated space at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre

UPDATE: The Boys and Girls Club is currently working with the Town of Rimbey to find better spacing for the program.

The Boys and Girls Club is currently on the hunt for a new space to host its programming.

The organization no longer has a dedicated space and is being moved around on a day-to-day basis depending on availability.

Beth Reitz, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of Wolf Creek, says the program is being moved to a space different than their own in the Peter Lougheed Community Centre almost every week and the frequent change in venues is not working out very well for the program.

“It’s just hard for parents to know where to pick up their kids and for kids to know where to come to and it just doesn’t create a real homey environment for them if we’re just constantly in a different spot,” said Reitz, adding sometimes the space provided is not in a convenient spot for the activities planned for the day.

Reitz says they are looking for a space around Rimbey where the program can run.

She says the Boys and Girls Club wants a space close to the schools so it will be a safe and close walk for the kids attending the after school or P.D. Day programs.

“We [also] want it close to parks and recreational areas so that we can easily go across the street and play in a playground or those types of things,” continued Reitz. “For the indoor programming space we just need a big indoor open area where we can do crafts and games and different activities.”

Reitz says they are “really trying” to keep the Boys and Girls in Rimbey despite the setbacks.

“Our goal is to make it happen, so we’re not at any stretch of imagination, giving up at this point, we really want to make it happen, so we’re just going to keep trying,” Reitz said. “We really feel like it’s needed and it’s well used and we just really want to keep offering programs to families.”

The Rimbey Boys and Girls Club is having a really strong year so far coming off 2018 1,400 visits from 155 youth.

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