The head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State said it was a no-brainer to step in and help after news broke that a chapter in Connecticut announced it was closing.
The chapter covering New London and Groton Connecticut is closing its doors on November 1st. That would have left 50 kids and their mentors in the lurch, but the Rhode Island chapter will supervise those kids, said Deborah Saunders, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.
“So because we already have strong relationships with families in Connecticut and because it’s the right thing to do, it was really almost a no brainer for our organization to say these are 50 kids we don’t want to have hanging out there,” said Saunders.
Saunders said the Rhode Island chapter of Big Brother Big Sister will talk with the community and look into the sustainability of formally expanding in southeastern Connecticut.
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