Having been on vacation last week, I was going through a stack of mail and came across a letter I received from Pastor James Hailey regarding the after school fund raising campaign going at the Redmon and Lee Community Center in Quincy.  This Center and organization had been closed since December of 2010 but recently re-opened in September.  The Redmon and Lee Center has been the home of serving low income, disadvantaged and public housing residents for the past 60 years. The programs run through the Center included the after school literacy programs, health education, life skills, computer and job training, self esteem classes, youth leadership and more. The letter was asking for financial support for the facility.

One of the statistics, according to Pastor Hailey, showed that 28% of Illinois children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.  That is an alarming number and a number that would diminish locally if the Center were to keep their doors open. Giving these kids a place to go as well as well as a learning center for things to do after school would go a long way in keeping them on the proper path in life.

If you would like to financially assist the fund raising campaign send your check to:  Redmon and Lee Youth Community Association, 815 Elm Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301. If you would like more information, call 209-0182.