Founded in 2012 in response to neighborhood need, The Mareda Center was established to impact the community. Being responsive to the needs in our community is what propels us...it keeps us going!
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Mareda Center has been able to be flexible and agile meeting many diverse community needs. Initially, providing educationally-based programs for early learners through adults, then, during COVID, meeting more dire and immediate needs. Thanks to many, many community partners, the Mareda team was able to provide weekday meals to kids, Friday Family Food and Fun Bags, cleaning supplies, and more. All porch-dropped in a safe, COVID-compliant manner.
Like many, we move forward adjusting for a post-COVID life. Retooling and realigning programs, adding outreach to help with trauma and health issues, and connecting kids and families to much needed services here and in our community.
PROGRAMS THEN & NOW
When The Mareda Center initially opened, there were three programs: GED (for adults), the Reading Room (for younger children), and After School (for K-8th grades). Now, many are still seeking a GED yet also needing jobs and longer term skill development. The Mareda Center relies on partners to support our GED students and grads. Children's programs support academic and social-emotional development. Our after-school enrichment is designed to help kids grow towards a positive future full of possibilities.