East Cleveland Boys & Girls Club Relocates to Salvation Army Center

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland has relocated its East Cleveland Club from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center to the Salvation Army’s new East Cleveland Corps Community Center, 1507 Doan Ave.

The Salvation Army opened the new center near University Circle in February.

Ron Soeder, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, said the organization is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Salvation Army in programming the new space. “By collaborating, we will provide the families and youth of East Cleveland with broader program offerings and longer service hours than those previously offered by either organization,” he said.

Soeder said while the Club had a successful run at the city-owned Civic Center, the Salvation Army location gives the organization a good opportunity to grow membership and collaborate with a strong nonprofit partner.

“We are really excited about the future of this Club,” Soeder said.

The East Cleveland Club has 266 members. The site director is Azariah Jones. Families interested in signing up their kids for the Club can call (216) 249-4334 or stop in for a tour.

Weekday hours are 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army center replaced an older facility in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. It has a food pantry, hot meal program, worship services and a senior program. Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provides safe, fun places for kids after school at 15 locations in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. In 2016, the Clubs served more than 7,000 kids, emphasizing healthy lifestyles, academic success and character and citizenship.

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