Boys and Girls Club adjusts to Sherman Park unrest

Director: Violence will not stop our focus
Posted at 4:21 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 17:35:17-04

One block away from where violence broke out in Sherman Park, sits a place where hundreds of kids go every day.

The Sherman Park chapter of the Boys and Girls Club has decided to alter their hours because of the unrest.

They've been talking to the kids about the problems, but the club decided to not close its doors.

"We're a little more attentive to what is going on outside, but it has not truly changed how we operate on a day to day basis," said club director
Marco Morrison.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office requested the facility close early every night, Morrison says the violence will not stop their focus and is moving forward with its summer programs.

"If the kids want to ask questions, we're open and honest with them about what's going on in the community, but its not an intentional subject we try to bring up," Morrison said.

The club has been in Sherman Park for more than 25 years. About 190 kids come through the doors every day. 

Morrison said when he saw the riots unfolding on TV, he wasn't concerned about his building one block away.

"I wasn't worried about the building. I think the community has for 25 years embraced the club being in Sherman Park, and I think they have a respect for what the club does," Morrison said. 

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