Almost $20,000 in federal grant money was awarded to the Boys and Girls Club by the City Council this week.
Council members praised the other six community service organizations that also requested the money but voted unanimously to give the $19,882 from the Housing and Urban Development to the Boys and Girls Club.
"It's a local club and it serves all the children in the city. We felt that this one warranted the money because it has had financial problems in the last year that could have closed it down even," Councilwoman Anita Huseth said. "We felt it's helping the children to fight drug and delinquency, which are major problems."
The money will pay for a variety of programs aimed at steering youngsters away from gangs and drugs and provide tutoring and a supervised environment for children who need after-school care, said Ceil Miller, president of the club's board of directors.
"We're going to try and stretch that 20 grand to cover a lot of bases," she added.