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The Salvation Army to Break Ground on New Garden City Boys & Girls Club

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Released 19 October 2010

Houston, TX – On Thursday, October 21, 2010, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command will proudly break ground on the construction of a new and more expansive Garden City Boys & Girls Club in the heart of Houston’s underserved community known as Acres Homes.  The original Garden City Boys & Girls Club was badly damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and has not been fully reopened since the storm. 

When completed in the summer of 2011, the new 12,500 square-foot facility will increase the daily service capacity for local youth from 80 young people to 300.  Additionally, the center will offer services including tutoring, drug and alcohol prevention classes, computer training, and recreational activities. 

The Salvation Army has been serving the Acres Homes community for over 40 years and this center will further our promise of doing the most good for the Greater Houston area.

What:  Groundbreaking Ceremony: Garden City Boys & Girls Club  

When: Thursday – October 21, 2010
  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Press Conference to begin at 11:30 a.m.) 

Where: Garden City Construction Site
9717 W. Montgomery Rd.
Houston, TX  77088

Why:  To restore and improve one of Acres Homes’ most expansive and important community resources for young people, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Visuals:  - Press Conference with Area Commander Major Chris Flanagan
- Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
- State Representative Sylvester Turner
- Councilmember Jarvis Johnson
- Official Groundbreaking
- Performances by the Harbor Light Choir

Submitted: Juan Alanis, Media Manager

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