A nonprofit youth center in Lee’s Summit says it’s facing a severe financial crisis, and as a result, it announced that it will hold a fundraising drive and public forum this weekend.
In a press conference via Facebook Live on Thursday, the co-founders, Kylie and Andy Ewing, of Pro Deo Youth Center said they were on the verge of closing before its 2017-2018 programs are set to begin.
The youth center, located in Chipman Commons, is described as a place where teens can meet daily to receive help with issues ranging from schoolwork to sexual abuse to suicide. It provides after-school and weekend programs.
Kylie Ewing shared the news in a statement via Facebook Live Thursday morning.
“This morning, our staff was made aware that our staff that we do not have enough funds to make payroll,” said Kylie Ewing. “I never thought that we would be here today. We cannot do this alone. We need you — each one of you: our friends, our families, our churches, our community businesses. We need you to step up in a big way for our teenagers who rely on this place.”
Until this week, Kylie Ewing said Pro Deo’s finances had never run in the deficit, but now, the nonprofit says, its funding outlook “has become bleak.” It said staff members won’t receive a paycheck this coming week without an emergency pledge drive.
A fundraising event and public forum is scheduled 7 p.m. Sunday at 210 N.E. Chipman Road. The event is open to the public.
To view a video of the press conference, visit the Pro Deo Youth Center Facebook page.