The London Block Parent Program is shutting down due to a lack of funding after serving the community for nearly 50 years.
In a release issued on Monday, the organization said its application to the City of London’s Community Grants Program for 2017-2019 was not successful.
“The Board of Directors and staff considered a number of options to continue our programming, including partnerships with other organizations, but after careful examination we realized we would not have the stability required to continue our programs and services,” Chair George Stephens said in a release.
The program originated in London and at its height had thousands of homes serving as a place of safety for children.
Monday’s announcement means the London Block Parent Program will no longer be managing the Residential Sign Program, Walking School Bus Program and Safety Education Program.
“We are extremely grateful for the many who have volunteered their time and their homes to keeping children safe,” said Stephens. “We have incredible volunteers, some who have been with us for more than 30 years.”
In the coming months, the London Block Parent Program will provide more details about the closure.