Following community input, city officials in Yelm have decided to re-purpose the former City Hall building to establish a Boys & Girls Club and a Veterans Resource Center.

The former Yelm City Hall

The former Yelm City Hall. Photo courtesy of the city of Yelm.

“Our vision is to help organizations start, grow, and expand into our community by reducing barriers to entry, and promoting community services in the City of Yelm,” said city administrator Michael Grayum in a prepared statement. “We are excited for this new adventure, along with many others that are beginning in this community.”

Following City Council approval to relocate City Hall to improve customer service and improve operational efficiencies, the city invited public comment regarding the use of the building. The General Government committee received community input and recommended using the building to serve youth, veterans, and provide a space for business development. The council decided to remove the business incubator to provide more space for the Boys & Girls Club.

The Yelm Boys & Girls Club will be established through a partnership with the Thurston County Boys & Girls Club, and Yelm Community Schools.

The Yelm Veterans Resource Center will be established in collaboration with the Lacey Veterans Service Center, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wear Blue: Run to Remember, a Hero’s Promise, and other partner organizations. It will provide service and support programs to military service members, veterans, and their families in Yelm and greater Thurston County.