[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - September 18, 2012 6:28 pm
Back in 2002, residents in the Providence Neighborhood here off of Stuckey Street say they identified what needed improving in the community.
This 59-hundred square foot community center was on that list. They're calling it a "beacon of hope."
Johnitta Wells is a mother of three young boys living in the Providence Neighborhood on the southwest side of Tallahassee.
Wells says, "I'm excited that we will have a place that will facilitate a community atmosphere in our neighborhood."
That place is the new community center at 1908 Highland Street.
The Delta Kappa Omega Foundation and the City of Tallahassee celebrated the grand opening Tuesday.
Tallahassee's online statistics show that there have been 291 crimes reported in the Providence Neighborhood in the past six months.
The most recent murder was just a few blocks away from the center on Lake Avenue in June 2012.
Valerie Blanc was arrested for shooting and killing Brandon Bradwell. Police say it was gang related.
Rahni Wright, the Providence Neighborhood Association President says, "We've been working towards improving those numbers in our neighborhood so that we would have less crime. I think people having a place to go and things to do in the community will decrease the amount of crime."
The 5,900 square foot multi-purpose building has meeting rooms, computer training space, a library and a central meeting hall.
Sharon Jefferson, Delta Kappa Omega Foundation says, "I think the sky's the limit in terms of the kinds of services we could bring to this area."
The building is also energy efficient. Right now, the foundation is wrapping up an open house reception that was open to the public.
Members say this eco-friendly, community-friendly center will make a difference in families' lives.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - September 18, 2012 5:43 pm
The state-of-the-art community center has been three years in the making, and the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation is hosting a grand opening reception for the public today.
Members are very excited about the new community center in the Providence Neighborhood off Stuckey Street in Tallahassee.
The Delta Kappa Omega Foundation partnered with the City of Tallahassee to build the 59-hundred square foot multi-purpose building, located at 1908 Highland Street.
Families who live in the Providence Neighborhood say the new community center is a wonderful addition to the community.
The center has two meeting rooms, computer training space, a library and a central meeting hall. It will offer many programs and activities, such as Super Seniors Tuesday, home energy efficiency classes, literacy classes and much more.
The ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday morning, and the grand opening reception kicked off later in the day at 4:00 pm.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - September 18, 2012- 1:20 pm
Delta Kappa Omega Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the City of Tallahassee and the Providence Neighborhood Association, today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open doors of the Delta Kappa Omega/Providence Community Service Center.
The Providence Community Service Center is a 5,900 square foot multi-purpose building that will be open to the all community residents to use. The Center includes two meeting rooms, computer training space, a library and a central meeting hall.
“Our goal was to provide a positive place for the Providence community to connect with each other and develop stability, build a stronger network among residents, and strengthen their neighborhood, along with the greater Tallahassee community,” said Dr. Darice E. Richard, Foundation President. “We saw a need for a center where children and young adults in this area could come to engage in educational and recreational activities, and we are hopeful the center will lead to a positive transformation within the Providence community.”
The Center will offer many programs and activities, such as Super Seniors Tuesdays, home energy efficiency classes, computer training classes, camera club, literacy classes, Seniors vs. Crime, first-time homeowner classes, foreclosure prevention classes, yoga classes, dental hygiene awareness classes and more.
“The members of Delta Kappa Omega Foundation, Inc., are committed to the Providence community. It is our goal to provide programs and services that will improve the quality of life for the residents of Providence and Tallahassee as a whole. Our mission is to serve our community, one family at a time,” said Dr. Richard.
Earlier this year, the Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council announced that the Delta Kappa Omega/Providence Community Service Center was the recipient of its first annual Green Building Outreach Initiative. This assistance program allowed developers of the Center to receive the chapter payment of LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification fees and the pro bono services of USGBC volunteers for the design and documentation required for certification as a “green building.”
To learn more about the Providence Community Service Center, visit dkoprovidencecenter.com
Tallahassee, FL - September 18, 2012
Today, Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the City of Tallahassee and the Providence Neighborhood Association, will host a press conference and public reception for the grand opening of the Delta Kappa Omega/Providence Community Service Center. The press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m., with a public reception held at 4:00 this afternoon.
WHO: Mayor John Marks
Dr. Darice E. Richard, President, Delta Kappa Omega Foundation
Mrs. Rahni Spencer Wright, President, Providence Neighborhood Association (PNA)
Mrs. Johnitta Wells, Parent from the Community
WHERE: Delta Kappa Omega/Providence Community Service Center
1908 Highland Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310
WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Press Conference at 10:30 a.m.
Public Reception at 4:00 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the news conference will be held inside the Center.