AFTER THE FIRES UPDATE ...
I want to take a moment to update you all on the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga after the fire. The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga had our grand opening for our new Calistoga Club site on October 7th. Within 48 hours that new Club site was threatened by fire. During the week all of our sites were threatened by fire and the City of Calistoga was evacuated. Staff were evacuated from all across the Valley. Some lost their homes.
As of today, I am happy to report that ALL of our sites are 100% intact and staff are back at work providing a safe, positive place for the Up Valley’s children. Each site has HEPA filter industrial purifiers running 24 hours a day inside all of the Clubs to keep the air clean for our members. Staff drove from all over the state to return in time to open our doors. I cannot thank the staff enough for their selflessness in this time of crisis.
Our St. Helena Clubhouse opened Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Staff met with counselors before opening our doors to receive instruction on how to counsel children after a disaster. The Club received 80 kids on the first day and over 150 on the second. The St. Helena Schools are closed until next week. We are the only child-serving agency available to families.
Our brand new Calistoga Clubhouse finally opened their doors on Wednesday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. We had approximately 65 kids for the day, and expect more today and tomorrow as word gets out that we are open. Several staff are still evacuated from their homes, yet still came to work. Calistoga schools are closed until next week, and our Clubs are open to members or non-members in the community.
Our Calistoga Teen Center opened their doors on Wednesday, as well, at noon. The Teen Center will be open all week from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Our brand new Howell Mountain School site will remain closed until school opens. We do not have access to space unless the school is open.
Overall, I want to thank the staff, donors, supporters and community who have reached out to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga with offers of support during this incredibly trying time. Please know we are focused on the well-being of this community’s children. It is our hope that we will resume our normal after school program next week.
We appreciate your support, prayers, kind words and encouragement during this difficult time for all of us here in Napa and Sonoma Counties. I have every confidence in the spirit
of our community that we will rise from the ashes stronger, kinder, and wiser than before.