Olivet Eyes Pottstown, In Part, For Expansion

POTTSTOWN PA – At-risk and disadvantaged youth from diverse neighborhoods in Pottstown and Reading may benefit from a multi-year expansion strategy being charted now by the Reading PA-based Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs as part of its 120th anniversary year, the Reading Eagle newspaper reported Tuesday (Sept. 3, 2018).

Reporter Michelle N. Lynch wrote how the organization, founded in Reading in 1898, so far this year has opened three new community club sites – all of them at church buildings – in Reading, Shillington and Robesonia. Olivet already operates a Pottstown club at the Richard J. Ricketts Sr. Community Center, 658 Beech St.

Olivet President and CEO Allen Reese explained that “serving more kids” was the best way the club could celebrate its anniversary. Its existing partnerships with churches and other organizations in relying on their facilities as club sites simply replicates “a proven model” used by other groups, he noted.

To that end, additional locations in both Pottstown and Reading are possibilities, according to Reese, who hopes to “build additional community partnerships throughout Berks and Montgomery counties in the coming years,” Lynch wrote. “I see at least 10 satellite sites operating by 2025,” Reese told the newspaper.

File photo from The Post Publications

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