By Brad Segall
NEWTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A Bucks County youth mentoring program is expected to feel the fallout from Lockheed Martin’s decision to close its facility in Newtown and cut several hundred jobs.READ MORE: Woman Beaten To Death With Pipe Inside Old City Office Building, Police Say
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County relies heavily on Lockheed’s employees to keep their program going. Currently, there are nearly a dozen employees involved in matchups with kids in the Pennsbury School District, and the non-profit had plans to open a few more in the coming weeks. The company’s decision to leave Newtown and move its operations to Denver leaves uncertainty.READ MORE: Suspect Arrested After Holding Teen Girl Hostage During Barricade In Overbrook, Police Say
“Will they now be out looking for new positions with new employers, or are they going to be moving out of the area?” asks BBBS CEO Ursula Raczak. “What this could do is ultimately close all of these relationships.”
A tough pill to swallow, she says, for an organization that has more kids waiting for matches than volunteers willing to take part.MORE NEWS: PennDOT Dealing With Twin Challenges As Latest Winter Storm Bears Down On Philadelphia Region
Many of the relationships have been ongoing for several years, and she says her staff will be there to help make any transition as easy as possible.