A banner hanging in front of the building was a plea. It read: "Help make this the home of the Neighborhood Resource Center."
But it took more than the banner and a few benefits to raise the cash, despite Decossaux's insistence that the center is something the neighborhood desperately needs.
Decossaux calls the fund-raising efforts and work by the small nonprofit neighborhood board "relentless" and its fruition "truly a labor of love."
"It's not possible to thank all the people who've worked to bring this together, so we hope they'll all come out for the grand opening so we can thank them collectively," Decossaux says.
The center is an educational and cultural resource for all ages. It will feature programs in GED preparation, yoga and stretching, a young-writers' studio, family planning services, computers with Internet access, and performance and gallery space. A whole-foods kitchen/café and a mini-recording studio are in the works.
Decossaux envisions the center as a place where children and adults can go to hang out and pick up art and job skills. What's more, she says, it could bring back the heart that was lost when the post office closed in 1999. "It's about neighbors coming together to create and develop what they need to flourish," Decossaux says.
For more information about the center, call 864-5797. Brandon Walters
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