That night everything changed.  My dad was given custody.  We moved states and my dad brought us to this Boys & Girls Club.  I hated it...I was in shock, I went from a dope house surrounded by druggies to a Club where every-one kept telling me they cared. But I thought nobody cared. I thought I was better off dead...Then they slowly started winning me over. ...So while many people think of the programs and the buildings when they donate, I want you to donate because of the people.  I want you to donate so that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield will continue never to quit on the Ashleys, the Jacobs, the Nathans, and the Lilys.

- Ashley, member

I never saw empathy from strangers until I came to the Clubs.  When my mom worked late, they let us stay later.  When I was sad, they asked what was wrong.  I went from a place where I didn’t want to hug anyone to a place where these strangers told me they cared.

- Amaia, member


Long-awaited Teen Center in Stoneham finds a home

Boys & Girls Clubs opens at former All Saints’ Episcopal Church Site As writer William Edward Hickson once said, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again.” After a deal fell through to acquire the lease for a new…

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Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrate National Women’s Month

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield is celebrating by continuing to share powerful stories of the women of BGC history in its “Women who Inspire” Series. The series celebrates women…

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Women who inspire us: Sarah Nardone

Sarah Nardone (Attended Stoneham Club beginning at age 8 in 1982) Tell us a little bit about yourself: I couldn’t wait to sign up to join in all of the fun that my older brother & other older neighborhood kids had been…

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