Youth celebrate Boys & Girls Clubs' new Western Addition clubhouse 

Residents in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood celebrated the grand opening of a new Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco clubhouse Wednesday that they say will serve as a much-needed safe haven for kids in their community.

The new clubhouse serves as a beacon of hope at a time when youth living in hundreds of public housing units nearby continue to be exposed to gun violence, community members said.

Just last month, four young men were fatally shot in a stolen car on Page Street near Laguna and Octavia streets.

The site of the quadruple homicide is roughly five blocks from the new clubhouse.

San Francisco resident and longtime Boys & Girls Clubs member, Ronnika Singletary, 18, attended Wednesday's ribbon cutting ceremony at the new clubhouse alongside city leaders such as Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors President London Breed, Police Chief Greg Suhr and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

Singletary said the new clubhouse would serve as a much-needed safe space for youth in a community that is not always safe.

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