Lancaster-Depew Boys & Girls Club reopens after fire

DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Lancaster-Depew Boys and Girls Club is finally reopening, three a half years after a devastating fire.

The club was forced to close after it burned down on New Years Day in 2013. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday afternoon.

Directors say the new building will give kids and teens much more to do. The club provides after school programs to kids seven to 19-years-old.

There is a new cafeteria and kitchen downstairs which will teach kids how to cook. There is also a game room and space to do homework.

Directors say the new building is a long time coming.

“It was a huge loss to the community. Like I said, so many kids were displaced out of it. It just hurt a lot ya now. We couldn’t have come back and did it without the support of everyone,” said Jeff Kupkah, unit director at the Boys and Girls Club.

The Boys and Girls Club expects to be open and ready for kids on Sept. 7.

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