Shuttered Community Center Reopens in Pacoima


The San Fernando Gardens community center has reopened after being closed due to a city-wide funding crunch. The center, which is located in Pacoima’s San Fernando Gardens housing project, reopened its doors to the public on Saturday, September 28. To celebrate the event, the Youth Policy Institute held a resource fair where 13 new computer stations debuted and attendees were introduced to the computer classes, ESL courses and tutoring services that will now be offered at the center.

“We started our services here in July with a summer camp and this event was basically to introduce ourselves and the programs ,” said Center Coordinator Karla Perez . “We also got feedback from the residents and learned about what they would like to be offered center.”

This Summer, the center was resurrected as part of the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and a host of partners will be offering services at the center including Rite Aid, El Nuevo Sol Salud, San Fernando Valley Partnership Inc. and Madres Unidas.

The 108 Resource Fair attendees were a cross section of parents and youth from San Fernando Gardens residents. Interest in the center’s ESL and computer course offerings was high and attendees were quick to offer suggestions including offerings for children, parenting classes and special events around the holidays.

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