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The 14,000-square-foot facility will be funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.

PMG PHOTO: KELCIE GREGA - Latrice Mosley talks about her experience using YMCA facilities during the groundbreaking ceremony of the YMCA Beaverton Hoop Youth Development Center on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Latrice Mosley remembers the look of longing in her 14-year-old son's face when he told her he wanted to join the Beaverton Hoop YMCA basketball team.

But she was torn. How, as a single mother, was she going to pay for the membership fee?

PMG PHOTO: KELCIE GREGA - On Thursday, Sept. 16, YMCA staff, Oregon leaders and other community stakeholders unveiled plans to renovate a former Beaverton Police evidence garage into the Hoop's new Youth Development Center.

Still, she knew she had to make something happen.

"That's when I found out that the Hoop offers financial assistance," she said. "The pieces of the puzzle began to all come together, and when I let him know that he could play, the joy in his face was all I needed."

YMCA officials say that they want to continue to help working families like Mosley's — not just financially, but through other practical ways like childcare and education.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, YMCA staff, Oregon leaders and other community stakeholders unveiled plans to renovate a former Beaverton Police Department evidence garage into the Hoop's new youth development center.

The 14,000-square-foot facility will be located just behind the Beaverton Hoop. It will serve as not only a daycare facility for local families, but also as an education center that marries STEM and sports science curricula, said Kelson Bartley, executive director for the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette.

The daycare and education programs will serve school-age children from pre-K to third grade.

Bartley said the plan for another childcare center has been in the woks for years, but kept getting kicked down the road.

It took the COVID-19 pandemic to shed light on what was already a huge need in Beaverton: affordable childcare.

The YMCA got support from state lawmakers like Rep. Sheri Schouten to kick things into gear.

Schouten, who represents most of Beaverton in the Oregon House, told a crowd of spectators at the groundbreaking ceremony that she and her colleagues banded together to secure American Rescue Plan Act funds for the project.

"If you really want to build a better community. You need to start with families," she said. "And families cannot meet their potential if someone — and it's usually the woman — doesn't work because she has to stay home because she can't find childcare she can afford."

Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty said she's had personal experience trying to find affordable childcare as a working mother.

"Groups like the YMCA are more important than ever as we look towards what we're going to look like in recovery of COVID," she said. "And I don't want to say the new normal, because the old way wasn't working. Moms paid a huge price in the workplace and the pandemic just exacerbated it."

Bartley said he hopes to have the facility open for families by summer 2022.


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