Tucson-based, youth recovery organization, Skrappy’s, Finds Home
Posted Apr 16 2009 12:00am
A Tucson-based, youth recovery organization named Skrappy’s has recently resolved a long standing problem when it was able to reach an agreement with local officials and the Museum of Contemporary Art to receive leasing rights to a warehouse space where they can continue their youth art, drug prevention programs. The new location is at one of the warehouses spaces formerly held by the Museum of Contemporary Art at 191 E. Toole Ave.
For now, the lease agreement calls for Skrappy’s parent company, Our Family Services, to pay $1 for the next three months. Hopefully, the future terms of the lease will remain the same as the former agreement held by MOCA, which was $1 per year plus all maintenance expenses for the building. City developer Jim Campbell has committed to the project, over the next five years, by pledging a quarter-million dollars to any necessary structural work the building may need.
Skrappy’s started in 1996 as a youth art, drug prevention program that aimed to provide a positive and drug free environment where kids could hang out, listen to live music, dance, participate in art classes and learn about substance abuse prevention. Aside from art related activities, Skrappy’s hosts a slew of volunteering opportunities. Last year Skrappy’s provided services to more than 16,000 teenagers. Our Family Services has operated Skrappy’s since 2001.