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Community Center Phase 1 Officially Open!

On Thursday, August 15, we held a Grand Opening Celebration in the new Community Center gymnasium. Nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Building Project.

“This night is the culmination of literally years of planning and prayer,” Cindy Mallow, Director of Development said. “In 2015 we purchased this building with a vision for what it would someday become and that day is finally here.”

Cindy acknowledged key individuals who made the project possible: David Maule of Maule & Associates Architects, Matt Flickinger and Eric Bowen of Pyramid Construction, Betsy Davison of H. Edward Black & Associates, Darvin Martin, Dan Rohrer of SAGE Technology Solutions, Dan Latshaw of Pitbull Solutions, and the hundreds of donors who funded the project.

Serina Brown, previous Director of Community Center, and Andre Cooper, current Director, gave their vision for the future of the Center—that it would be a place where the community can serve the community.

Community Center Alum Quayshaun Durden performed an original song. Quay came to the Youth Center as a young teenager. The community of mentors that invested in him had a huge impact on his relationship with Christ and his relationships with others.

Geoffrey Knight, Planning Director for the City of Harrisburg, was invited to read a Mayoral Proclamation from Mayor Eric Papenfuse declaring the building officially open.

Executive Director Scott Dunwoody delivered a message on God’s Amazing Provision in Fireproofing Lives. “It is a provision that is savory, strengthening, satisfying, and nourishing when the Lord blesses it; as he does to those who hunger and thirst after it, and feed upon it by faith,” he said. “We live upon His word, clothed by His charity, armed by His power: His provision is bountiful; so how can we be anything but blessed?”

The objective of the Community Center is to go upstream to help kids stay in school, out of the juvenile justice system, and build character in themselves and their families to face life challenges,” Scott said. “And to do so by offering in tangible ways the love of Christ, mentoring and nurturing these impressionable minds and hearts.”

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