I am happy to report that the State of the Agency is good!
First, we formally relocated operations to our newly renovated facility.
Second, our program offerings continue to expand as we rolled out new
programs targeted to teens and young adults. And third, we are holding
fast on financial stability. Without question, we continuously move in
the right direction!
In May 2011, we moved into our new facility, the former Cochran
Community Center, at 818 Cass Avenue. The $800k+ project came in on-time
and at budget. The 29,000 square feet, two-story facility features new
carpet and floor tiles throughout the building, a 13,000 square feet
gymnasium, 4 large break-out program rooms, a teen lounge, computer
center, library learning lab, two full kitchens and a 4,000 square feet
turn-key ready childcare center. The lobby area features a double
Triangle skylight roof system allowing maximum natural lighting into the
facility. Neighborhood residents and youth absolutely love coming here.
Staff are enjoying their new working environment. W will now focus on
enhancing the “curb appeal” and exterior ascetics of the building. We
are committed to establishing an attractive state-of-the-art facility to
serve our communities.
The new facility only resulted in increase capacity of our Summer Day
Camp program but expansion of program offerings as well. Our Summer Day
Camp enrollment has doubled in capacity. In addition, because of the
overwhelming number of teens and young adults ages 14 – 25 who showed up
at the Center during the summer, we established a Community Open Gym
program during lunch time. The program offers a free lunch, job training
awareness workshops and job search opportunities for the 19-25 year
olds. This program serves nearly 55 teens and young adults three days a
week. Our efforts with teens continues through our Wyman Center’s Teen
Outreach Programs (TOP). We operate two TOP Clubs targeted to Middle and
High School students. TOP focuses on character development and community
service. We connected a Job Readiness component to it for the 16 – 18
year olds. It has been a huge success! Our Jazzy Seniors Aging Adults
program continues to support their needs. Finally, we are proud to
announce the opening or our new Sickle Cell Disease Education and
Awareness (SCDEA) program for healthy outcomes with children, youth and
Our agency governance continues to be strengthened. Our fiscal assets
are sound and we continue to explore creative ways to diversify our
revenue streams. Moreover, we are proud to report that we continue to
meet all United Way Quality Standards as a member agency.
We welcome to our staff three new members, Mr. Isaac Parker, Facility
Maintenance Manager, Mr. Dishon Knox, Out-of –School Programs
Coordinator and Ms. Tanjila Bolden, Sickle Cell Disease Program
Coordinator. Thanks to all staff for service to youth, seniors and
families. Thanks also to the Board President Joshura Davis and entire
Board of Director’s for their commitment and service to the agency.
Rodney T. Francis
Rev. Rodney T. Francis, M.Div.