Moving on up: South Walton Boys & Girls Club ready to move into new home (PHOTOS)

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 01:02 PM.

The building has been in the planning stages for the past five years and was originally scheduled to open in June, however some construction days were lost due to rain.

Finishing up the parking lot and emptying the trailers is next on the agenda before a grand opening in the fall.

Much of the funds used to build came from donations. While Boys & Girls Club memberships cost $85-$30 a month depending on a child's age, it only covers a small fraction of operating costs. In many cases, the club pays the fees.

“Seventy-three percent of fees we come up with through foundations," explained area and club director Stephanie Rhoden. "Children need to be here, it's a service to our kids. We provide them with a safe place to come after school. It's a home away from home."

Children up to the age of 18 are welcome to the club with the mission to "inspire and empower all young people to achieve their full potential."

"Every child is at need," said Rhoden.

"Boys & Girls Clubs provide youth with academic success skills, healthy lifestyles mechanisms and good character and citizenship traits," added Rass. "Through relationships with caring adults, our clubs are able to impact the lives’ of the young people we serve, provide them with hope and give our youth opportunities to mature into caring, responsible, and productive citizens within their respective communities."

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