October 4, 2002

Bronze Triangle CDC Mark Significant Milestone With Grand Opening of Family Resource

After a year of hard work and dedication, the Bronze Triangle Community Development Corporation (BTCDC) debuted its most significant accomplishment to date: the grand opening celebration of their Family Resource Center on Thursday, September 26. The new center, located at 2953 Imperial Avenue, will serve as an information hub for the community where Bronze Triangle residents, which include the urban San Diego neighborhoods of Grant Hill, Logan Heights and Stockton, as well as residents in the surrounding neighborhoods of Mountain View and Mt. Hope, can obtain information on a wide assortment of programs and services that are designed to positively impact family strength and economic success.

This wide variety of assistance includes employment services, youth activities, educational classes and tax preparation information and will also serve as the headquarters for the revitalization effort of these underserved neighborhoods.

“The foundation of the center is built on a neighborhood-based strategy that follows the premise that families do better when they are connected to services and opportunities that are crucial to securing social and economic self-sufficiency,” said Gale Walker, resident and board president of the Bronze Triangle. “In addition to the center’s programs and services, we are also looking into providing opportunities for residents to access resources for projects that improve resident engagement, strengthen resident leadership and promote unity and understanding between neighbors and neighborhoods.”

Following the Grand Opening ceremony, residents and guests enjoyed a variety of cultural foods that showcase the tastes of the Bronze Triangle neighborhoods as well as listening to the sounds of a local neighborhood jazz band, while they tour and learn about the programs that will be offered at the center.

“One year ago, the Bronze Triangle partnered with Eureka San Diego to host the “What is a Community?” forum, where more than 300 business and political leaders participated, identifying the opportunities and obstacles facing these neighborhoods,” Walker said. “Since that time, the Bronze Triangle CDC has worked quickly to overcome some of those obstacles and the Family Resource Center is the first step to connecting the community and providing a place where residents can come together for information and needed services.”

The center will also encourage residents to take on key leadership roles in creating their neighborhood system of care and assist them while they develop the means to provide economic support for their families. This resident leadership will also be strengthened through the development of a resident council that will also serve as a governing body for the center.

Through all of these efforts, the BTCDC has made significant strides in just one year by working side-by-side with residents to not only lay the groundwork for the Family Resource Center, but to continue to strive for their goal of revitalization of these neighborhoods.

About The Bronze Triangle CDC

The Bronze Triangle CDC, a resident-led community development corporation formed in October 2000 by Gale R. Walker, is designed to create a self-reliant, self-sustaining community through community and economic development coupled with needed social services. The BTCDC serves the neighborhoods of Grant Hill, Stockton and Logan Heights. Their mission is to create social change by giving people the tools necessary to transform their destiny, to improve the quality of life and to stimulate development by creating the means of supportive networks designed to empower rather than perpetuate dependence. For more information on the Family Resource Center or to contact the BTCDC, please call (619) 615-0652.

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