It's been re-opened for about a month, and now Redmon and Lee Youth and Adult Community Association is asking the community for help.
The association has launched a new financial campaign, "Seed for the Need Fundraise Campaign."
The laughter and smiles of kids echoed all over the property - from the lunchroom, where hamburgers and french fries were served - to recess out on the playground - to in the homework center, where students worked on their school assignments and listened to stories. Officials say - this type of program is exactly what the community needs.
"without some kind of proactive, supportive, proactive, positive programming going on - we could have a lot of problems," says Executive Director Crystal Young.
Young says the response has been much higher than they expected. She says right now they see eighty kids through their door every day. And she says - they're looking to local organizations and community members for their new fundraiser - so these programs can continue to be here for area kids.
"the community has always been a great support of what we do here, and since we are re-opened now, we're just asking the community's help again," she says.
Dad Ron Mckenize has three kids that spend time at Redmon and Lee until he's done at work. He says, he has especially been impressed with the after school tutoring session.
"as long as they've been in the program, their grades are much better."
He says - knowing his kids are at redmon and lee instead of outside by themselves - is a relief.
"Where there's criminal activity on the streets, or even where there's crazy drivers that are driving around, I would prefer my kids to be tucked safe in one of these programs such as this."
Young says they are currently reaching out to area families, as well as churches and organizations. She says they had anticipated the need for fundraising because they were re-opening completely, and in the future will be looking at other fundraising and grant options.
However, she says they are doing fine right now and does not anticipate a closing.
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