Saginaw Collaborative, Inc. - Starts

Statement of Purpose: To provide a downtown community enrichment center to be used by various organizations to offer safe educational, recreational, and social services for Saginaw residents of all ages.

History: Warren Avenue Presbyterian Church (WAPC) has served Saginaw for over 150 years. Over the years the church has served as a food bank, soup kitchen, clothing bank, and youth center. It's over 20,000 square feet are comprised of classrooms, offices, a sanctuary, gymnasium, stage, meeting rooms, and kitchens.
 As membership and resources dwindled one by one community services were relocated. The Congregation can no longer support the upkeep of the building and will discontinue worship services on November 25, 2018.

Project Summary: The building, which is owned by the Presbytery of Lake Huron, can serve as a home to Saginaw non-profit organizations providing services to the community. Women of Colors currently occupies space in the building and is looking to expand. Several other organizations have expressed an interest in sharing space as well.
  Dr. Cathy Macomber, Director of the BSW program at SVSU, and her colleague, Dr. Vanessa Brooks-Herd, have committed to providing data collection for a strategic plan. Once the project is complete, they expect to provide field education opportunities for their students with the organizations occupying the building.
  The building needs to be brought up to code. It will need an architectural and engineering study to determine what that will entail. Organizations need to be moved from the interest stage to firm commitments upon the retrofitting of the building. Funding sources need to be identified.


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