EDITORIAL: Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club expands into North Haven

EDITORIAL: Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club expands into North Haven

As we wrote back in April, in this space: “For more than half a century, the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club in Wallingford has given local youth a safe and nurturing place to congregate away from school and home.”

That hasn’t changed. Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals Inc., and the Ulbrich family, have a long history of charitable activities in Wallingford, with support for the Boys & Girls Club, the Family YMCA, the Emergency Shelter, the Spanish Community of Wallingford, Adopt-a-Family, the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford, and more.

As just one recent example, this summer Ulbrich Steel CEO Chris Ulbrich hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail to raise $34,419 for the Emergency Shelter, which is operated by Columbus House.

What has changed is that the club has now expanded into North Haven, opening a new location at Hope Christian Church on Montowese Avenue to carry out its good works.

“We knew that there was a need for after school programs, but we just didn't have the resources,” said Jim Detweiler, pastor of Hope Christian Church. "Today is an exciting day for us at Hope."

When we consider all the influences, beyond family and school, that affect young people today — including those brought about by technology and social media — the need for a place “that helps young people achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles” is self-evident.

And that’s what the Ulbrich family and Ulbrich Steel have provided for more than 55 years, and continue to provide. Now more than ever.