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Richard Hazel Youth Center In Salisbury Could Close By September

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SALISBURY, MD - The future of the West Side Salvation army, also known as the Richard Hazel Youth Center, was the topic of discussion again Tuesday night. Community leaders are searching for last ditch solutions to keeps the youth club open. The Salvation Army of the Lower Eastern Shore is facing financial troubles.

Major Vic Tidman told WBOC back in May that the Hazel Center at North Lake Park on Jersey Road, costs $100 to $150 thousand dollars annually to operate in Salisbury.

Club Director Willie Downing says the club serves over 120 youth daily, and closing it would be a big blow to area children and families.  But if help is not found soon, the doors could be shut for good after the summer. 

"The basic plans are that if something isn't settled, the building's going to close in September. The biggest thing is that for us is that we're going on during the summertime and we're hoping and praying that we just keep on going on, where we can do the things during the fall just like we've always done.", said Downing.

Leaders with the Salvation Army say they are working to find a way to increase contributions-- and save the center in Salisbury.

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