Spokane leaders share new vision for East Central Community Center

Spokane leaders share new vision for East Central Community Center

A Spokane outreach center is working to revitalize the heart of the city’s East Central Neighborhood.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center took over operating the East Central Community Center at the beginning of January. Monday, hundreds gathered there to celebrate a new beginning for the community gathering place.

The community center’s executive director Freda Gandy said they’re working to get more assistance programs under one roof. Right now, services are continuing both at the MLK Center on South Sherman Street and at the East Central Community Center on South Stone Street.

“We are still offering services at our current location and continuing the services that were currently here until we can do a renovation,” Gandy said.

Despite needed updates and a planned renovation, Monday’s ribbon cutting was packed as people celebrate the changes and enjoyed student musical performances.

Future plans include programs for both children and seniors, along with access to resources for education, jobs, and personal development. Gandy emphasized that the center is there to serve the community and everyone is welcome to visit and use the services offered. She said their mission aligns with Dr. King’s visions and messages to serve others.

“His life and legacy embodies diversity and making services accessible to people, despite race, color, creed, and income. We live by that mission every day and we will continue to have that mission, even though we are going through this transition,” Gandy said.

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