The Salvation Army unveils new Boys and Girls Club

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:11pm

Shreveport kids have a new place to study and have fun in the Queensborough neighborhood as The Salvation Army unveiled the new and improved Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday.

Four years after a devastating fire struck The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, a brand new facility opened its doors to hundreds of children once again.  "It's kind of like a phoenix growing up out of the ashes," said Major Mark Smith of The Salvation Army. "One building burns down and people know the need we have to have a new building."

A local teenager, who has been a member of the club for four years, is excited about the fresh start.  Jaclaytian Robinson, 14, told us the club means a lot to her not just because of the games.  "I know that I can come here and be able to help others, and that the staff love and care for each and every one of us," she said.

Jaclaytian shares that love and care with the other boys and girls looking for support.  "I help them with school and their problems at home," Jaclaytian said.

The $4 million state-of-the-art center was built in the heart of Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood, which according to U.S. census reports, has seven times more children than any other neighborhood in the city.

The new center includes a computer lab, an arts and crafts room, a teen center and a gym.  All the new amenities will be used for the club's after-school programs.

"This is the beginning of a process.  We ended on process of building, now we begin building children," said Smith.

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