ELIZABETH — The Elizabethport Presbyterian Center will hold a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5-8 p.m. The community center, located at 184 First Street includes the Eport Pres Early Childhood Center and Preschool, a family resource room, youth library, technology laboratory, and community room.
The opening will feature tours of the 30,000 square foot facility and attendees will have the opportunity to learn the history of The Pres, hear success stories, and meet the organization’s new executive director, Karla Spivey Bouie. The grand opening celebration will kickoff the center’s “Reveal Fundraising Campaign” and offer sponsorship and naming right opportunity to businesses, organizations, and individual donors. Attendance at the event is free and open to the community.
“The previous building was dilapidated and not equipped to meet the demands of this community. With the opening of this facility, residents have a new resource for a continuum of services for families, children, teens, adults, and seniors, all within steps from their front door,” said Thomas Eicher, president of the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center Board of Directors. The center is also home to the Neighborhood Health Center, which provides healthcare, mental health services, dental services, and a pharmacy on a free or reduced cost basis.
The new Elizabethport Presbyterian Center is designed to be a comprehensive family-friendly environment that will expand on its existing program offerings. The center will service approximately 3,000 residents in the coming year and is being certified as a Family Success Center through the United Way of Greater Union County.
“There is definitely a need for The Pres and their new community center. Many of the people in this area want to make their lives better but don’t know where to start. The Pres teaches us positive things and gives us something great to do. The staff helps us to make better decisions and make the neighborhood a better place to live,” says Chantel Monegro, Eport Youth Zone member, 15.
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