Kennewick, Wash. Youth Center Suspends Operations Amid ‘financial difficulties’

From The Tri-City Herald:

A Kennewick drop-in center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth and their allies is closing its doors — at least for the time being — citing financial difficulties.

The board of Vista Youth Center made the decision this week to suspend operations, confirmed Heather Hill, a longtime board member.

The center’s director, who was the only paid employee, was laid off, and youth were to be notified Friday.

“It was a very painful decision to make,” Hill told the Herald. “We’re all very sad. It’s very painful.”

She didn’t go into details about the center’s finances, but said “it became obvious we couldn’t meet our obligations, therefore we needed to suspend operations.” The center has received small grants through the years but relies primarily on donations.

If you are interested in donating to the center, checks can be sent to Vista Youth Center, 2625 W Bruneau Place Suite E, Kennewick, WA 99336

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