Services Provided by West 7th Street Boys Club
The following services provided by the West 7th Street Boys Club.
Holiday Events Services
Thanksgiving and Christmas events are at the heart of the Club’s activities. In 2017, the Club provided groceries for 25 families and Korte’s ( Grocery Store) gift certificates for 6 families, 20 seniors, and 12 young adults.
For Christmas in 2017, the Club provided groceries for families and bought Korte’s certificates for 4 families, plus a total of 38 Target and Walmart gift cards, trees, toys, bikes, and other gift cards for seniors and young adults.
Because of the Club’s work, a total of 51 families had a brighter and happier Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Safe Summer Nights Out Services
Besides the Holiday events, during the summer, the Club participates with the St. Paul Police Department doing 11 Safe Nights Out events. People come to local recreational centers within St. Paul to share food and games and meet police officers on an informal basis. Also one of the Club members gets sponsors for all of the food for these events. A typical Summer Night Out event draws between 500-1000 participants. All Safe Summer Night outings are free.
Also, working with referrals from churches, service agencies and individual Club members, The West 7th Street Boys Club addresses the specific needs of individuals and families are. It could be the need for a wheelchair or other medical devices. Last year, a family of four needed a new van. The club located and donated a used van to the family that lives on West 7th Street.
Service Eligibility Guidelines
The following guidelines have been used since the inception of the West 7th Street Boys Club.
- Assistance is given to the working poor, military personnel, seniors, families, and individuals who do not receive any government-assisted programs.
- We never give direct cash with the exception of unique situations.
- We give preference to West 7th Street residents but anyone in need regardless of their location is always eligible for services.
- Individuals do not receive our help for more than five years, as well as some other restrictions.
Above all, thank you West 7th Boys Club for the many times you responded to my needs over the past four years. I am so grateful. As a way of giving back for what I have received, I am donating my tax returns to the West 7th Street Boys Club. I know that it will be put to good use. Thank you for your generous help over the years. K.I.