Local Church Hopes First Donation Will Lead To More In Guadalupe Area - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/25/05

Local Church Hopes First Donation Will Lead To More In Guadalupe Area

The Legacy Play Village, From Lubbock With Love and the Children's Miracle Network...What do they all have in common? They are all projects that the Lubbock community came to together to support and each one became a success.

Now there's a new challenge facing one North Lubbock neighborhood and residents there are asking the community for the same support. The city of Lubbock condemned the Guadalupe Neighborhood Center last year on June 1st and tore it down, leaving behind memories from more than 40 years of service to the community.

"1966, there was a tremendous number of people here at the center and it had all kinds of programs and programs for all the people too so we can revitalize that but the only way to do it is if we have a center," said Father O'Dwyer of St. Joseph's Parish.

Saturday, Father O'Dwyer presented a check to the Guadalupe Parkway Neighborhood Centers, on behalf of St. Joseph's Church. It's the first official donation the organization has received.

"Our parish decided they would give a donation out of the proceeds of this year's Jamica to start the fund for the building of a new center," said Father O'Dwyer.

The new center will be about 10,000 square feet and it will house a senior center, classrooms and a gym. But, the new building is estimated to cost $700,000. That's why Guadalupe residents and supporters are asking for help from the entire Lubbock community.

"A dollar goes a long way, some of us can't give those $5,000 or $10,000 individual donations but a 100 dollars here, 50 dollars here, one dollar here or there will help a lot," said Former Lubbock County Commissioner Gilbert Flores.

Flores said says his family roots stemmed from the Guadalupe Community and he would like to see the center rebuilt for more than one reason.

"When these kids get off of school, they don't have anywhere to go they can walk home. We want to keep them off the streets," he said.

Father O'Dwyer agrees and that's why he had this to say about Saturday's donation, "It's $5,000 and it's saying lets go on from there."

If you would like to help you can make a contribution to the Guadalupe Center Fund at any Plains Capital Bank or Wells Fargo Bank.

Children's Miracle Network - Lubbock Site
Learn more about how CMN helps children on the South Plains and the Children's Hospital at UMC.

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