COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On Thursday August 7, the Garrard Center will close after the summer program ends.
A representative from Girls Inc. said in a press release that the decision was not made lightly.
"No one at Girls Inc. is happy about closing the Garrard Center, but it is in the best interest of all our girls to close Garrard and serve those girls at another center," stated the release.
Every girl currently served at the Garrard Center will be guaranteed a spot at the Baker Center. Girls Inc. has the staff and space to serve all of the Garrard Center girls at the Baker Center. Two employees from Garrard Center will be moved to the Baker Center.
"Girls Inc. still has two centers with dedicated staff, and we want to continue providing girls with a safe haven and with programs that will help them become strong, smart, and bold," the release states.
Over the past decade and a half, it has become a challenge for Girls Inc. to balance expenses with revenue, even with the constant support of loyal donors. Staff and board members have worked hard to cut expenses and increase revenue.
Despite those efforts, Girls Inc. cannot afford to continue operating three physical centers at this time, so they had to select one center to close in order to narrow the gap between expenses and revenue.
Garrard Center is Girls Inc. smallest center with the fewest amenities and the most maintenance issues, which is why Girls Inc chose to close this center. Closing the center will allow Girls Inc. to focus its limited resources on programming for the girls, and not on a building with extensive maintenance challenges.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.
Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Learn more about their programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc-columbus.org.
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