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Now Open: Our New Sensory Room

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester is excited to announce the completion of their new sensory room! Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Golisano Foundation, the Club has been able to transform what was previously a conference room into a special room full of equipment to calm and engage the senses – especially for kids with developmental disabilities. 

“We’ve been seeing more kids with developmental disabilities join the Club, and sometimes these kids need a calm place. With the number of kids we have – often more than 200 per day – the Club can be very stimulating. This is our way of giving these kids a chance to have their own space and meet their needs,” said Dwayne Mahoney, Executive Director. 

The new sensory room is equipped with a color-changing bubble tube, plush bean bags, colored fiber optic bundles, a projector with rotating scenes, soft floor and wall padding, calming CDs, iPads, and even a platform that vibrates in time with music.

"The heart of the Golisano Foundation is to include, accept, and provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so we were thrilled to be able to support the Club’s sensory room. We understand the importance of offering the right resources for everyone to have meaningful participation in the community, and the Club is working to do just that," said Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation.
Club members pose in our new Sensory Room with Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation and Dwayne Mahoney, Executive Director of the Club.
The new room has all sorts of calming, interactive equipment.
Shawn sits near the color-changing bubble tube and fiber optic bundles.
Club members can enjoy calming scenes on the wall and access tablets.
Little girl, big heart

Nine-year-old Arieanna understands from personal experience that sometimes people fall on hard times.

So when she learned how to crochet in the Art Room, Arieanna decided to start making as many hats, scarves, and baby blankets as she can this year to help the homeless. 

She even knows which shelter she wants to donate to - the one she passes every day in the car with her grandmother. 

We love her vision! You can help Arieanna by donating yarn to the Club any time during open hours. 
Biddy Basketball Starting

Does your kid love to shoot hoops? Join us for our Biddy Basketball tournament! 

Kids 6-9 (JV) and 10-12 (Varsity) have started pre-season workouts Mondays and Thursdays from 5-6 pm.

The season will start mid-February for just $15 (plus an additional $11 membership fee for non-members). Ask for Reggie at the front desk today! 
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