Due to a tragic shooting, The Mareda Board of Trustees went on an introspective journey to decide how best to impact the Moody Manor community. It was determined that more than just "housing" was needed and education would provide the hope families so desperately needed.
Cardinal Learning was hired to survey residents of Moody and Regina Manors to gauge what programs they desired. Results indicated residents wanted their GED's and better educational opportunities for their children, along with better school preparation for preschoolers. Transportation and childcare were identified as obstacles to accomplishing these goals.

Additionally, the Board funded the updating and refurbishing of 223 Page Street, former rectory of St. Mary's Parish, to house the programs and give residents a pleasant and well-equipped place to attend programs.
When The Mareda Center opened there were three programs: GED (for adults), the Reading Room (for younger children), and After School (for K-8th grades). New programs are added as the needs arise.