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December 08, 2015

Kids' Clubhouse Renovation Project

Providing a safe and comfortable environment for our youth and staff

As reported by the Herald & News May 30, 2015...

Friends of the Children of the Klamath Basin is nearing the end of an extensive renovation project to its clubhouse, but needs some help to complete it.

The clubhouse, on Altamont Drive, was donated to the organization in 2000, said executive director Angela Groves. But the building, which houses staff offices and acts as a comforting, home-like meeting area for the children they serve, needed $52,000 in renovations this year.

So far, Groves has secured about 85 percent of that total project budget.

Projects

One of the largest aspects of the renovation project was new floors, which the nonprofit was able to complete thanks to a contest through the flooring company Karndean Flooring called “40 Floors for 40 Great Causes.” Owners of the local flooring company Floor Coverings International alerted Groves to the contest, and when Friends of the Children won, helped with the ordering and install process of the clubhouse's new tile laminate floors.

Other projects completed so far include fresh paint, upgraded light fixtures, and a new office for Groves and other staff. The clubhouse includes a kitchen stocked with healthy food, a game room, and a homework area for the children in addition to the staff office.

“I didn't have an office before,” Groves said. “I have an actual desk now.”

Safe, inviting

The clubhouse is safe and inviting space for youth and their "Friends," or mentors, to engage in the organization's programming, build their relationships, work towards key milestones, and receive academic support, Groves explained. Because the clubhouse has multiple uses, the goal is to make it not only comfortable and inspiring for staff and guests, but also provide all the resources needed to complete the organization's work supporting youth, she said.

It's been really motivational for the staff and children to see the improvements to the house, Groves said.

“It's exciting,” she said. “It's been a lot of work.”

For the project so far, Friends of the Children has received grant funding from the Collins Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Northwest Farm Credit Services and the West Family Foundation, as well as donations from The Home Depot, Jeld-Wen, and Diversified Contractors.

Groves hopes to move on to renovations outside the house in the next phase of the project, including fresh exterior paint, a new fence, landscaping and garden tools, a new sign, and outdoor furniture. Inside, she still hopes to add new computers for the children to use in the homework room, finishing decor pieces to decorate the walls, and new living room furniture to replace the outdated pieces there now.

Groves hopes to have work completed this summer, and plans to show it off during a community open house in late summer or early fall.