The Community Center
Phoenix Children’s Project Community Center offers hope to children living in poverty by providing a safe environment in which to learn and play right in their own neighborhood. What was once an abandoned, crumbling duplex near downtown Phoenix has been transformed into an inviting community center for the children and their families.
In addition to the Programs ran from this site, our Community Center serves as an anchor for the neighborhood and offers an array of services. Among those services offered, we provide hot lunches for the children every Saturday and when school in not in session, on other days as well. Without this service, many of these children would not eat lunch or perhaps any meal that day. The number of children coming to the center to partake in our services is increasing drastically, showing us the demanding need for our services.
On Saturdays and even more frequently during the summer months (when school is not in session), volunteers help the children do arts & craft projects, stay cool from the heat with ‘Water Days’ (slip and slides, sprinklers, water gun fights, etc.), as well as outside activities which keep these children active, stimulated and off the streets. There are no parks or recreation facilities in the area so our Community Center is an important part of this neighborhood.
Many of the children that come to our Center view it as their home away from home. Sadly, there are no parks or safe places close by for these children to play and the apartment complexes where these kids live do not have any play areas whatsoever – just dirt and cement. Here the children can come and escape the problems at home (even if only for a short time) and be in a positive, re-assuring environment and just be a kid! With the support these children receive from the Center, nutritionally/physically/emotionally, we have seen many blossom and excel both school and life.
We also host family events where the families can meet one another and get a sense of community.
Below are some photos of our center and how our volunteers and donors have helped transform it for the kids.