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A resource reborn

Since 1922, Trinity Presbyterian Church has been responding to the needs of our neighborhood.

In the 1980s, when scarcely a dozen adults attended Trinity on a Sunday morning, they connected with Bryant Montessori, the local elementary school, to start serving their struggling first graders. Over 30 years later, Trinity continues to host TAP, the Trinity Afterschool Program, supporting 10-12 students annually with literacy intervention.

As Trinity established itself as a community resource, our neighbors asked for more. Could we host a clothing closet, to support students in need of clothes? How about a hot meal, for neighbors living on the street? Maybe some medical assistance? Pat’s Closet and Tony’s Kitchen continue to provide clothing and household goods, and soup and conversation for people in the community, while the Trinity Neighborhood Clinic serves the community free of charge.

When the 7th Street Learning Center outgrew the garage is started from, Trinity opened their doors to host students from Jason Lee Middle School. Now labeled the Bobcat Learning Center, 50-60 students a week are offered homework help and study skills, in addition to enrichment programs, like cooking and leadership, as part of a thriving program.

Building on our commitment to our community

In time, Trinity had a need. At nearly 100 years old, the building required a significant amount of maintenance, including a seismic retrofit. Rather than turning away from community outreach to focus on repairs, Trinity hosted a yearlong series of listening sessions, inviting congregation members, local organizations, and residents, to ask “What does the Bryant Neighborhood need?” Most frequently, we found a need for free activities for youth and families, and a physical space to host them. Additionally, there is a need for space to host neighborhood events, community conversations about issues, information sessions, and recreational activities.

Out of these needs grew a vision for the Bryant Neighborhood Center.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the Bryant Neighborhood Center will continue to provide the long-standing services that have been established, while the revitalized space will create new opportunities to be available for our growing community.

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