"I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES US STRENGTH" Philippians 4:13
OUR FOCUS - OUR STORY - OUR FOUNDERS
Cultural Service ~ Promote community enrichment through intercultural events, music, theater, dance, literary, media and visual arts.
Partnership ~ Work with local non profits, organizations and schools to provide opportunities for fund raising, community building, community service and education.
Foster Community ~ through hosting holiday meals, community meetings, family gatherings, individual recognition and memorials.
Environmental Responsibility ~ Strive to lead by example by implementing programs and practices that reduce, reuse, recycle and renew.
Sustainability ~ Use our mission statement and goals to achieve our financial needs and future aims. Provide care, restoration and improvement of the facilities.
To foster inclusive community participation by providing an environmentally sound facility for arts, education, recreation, celebration, and locally based human services in order to increase opportunity for personal and collective growth in our community.
Greenwood Community Center is a Christian-based 501c3 non profit organization that houses a clothing boutique. We are an official Food Bank and have an amazing Community Garden and Mural Wall. We foster creativity, outreach education and art. We are a driving force in our community and affect change in the lives of our youth.
Earnest & Debra Adams
Though we have called Atlanta home for over 22 years, we are happy to now call Greenwood home – again, at least for my husband, Mr. Earnest Adams. A native of Greenwood, MS, Earnest attended and graduated from Greenwood High School where he played football, basketball, and track. He was also elected as Mr. GHS by his classmates. Earnest & I (Debra) met at Albany State University where he decided to pursue his educational career with a scholarship in football. We have been together for 40 years and married for 34. Earnest has a strong background in Law Enforcement which he started in Albany, Georgia to Atlanta, Georgia. We are proud parents of three children: two girls & a boy, and we have four beautiful granddaughters. Education is extremely important to us, which is why all our children went to college and were awarded scholarships, both athletic and academics. All of our children live in Atlanta, Georgia, excelling in their prosperous careers. They have supported our efforts in every way imaginable.
We have always had the love for helping youth and the community, modeled by working in our church with youth programs and founding a community center in Atlanta while living there.
We strongly believe community and family go hand and hand and believe if we can help families become better, it makes the community stronger. Developing a community advocacy mindset formed even stronger as Earnest successfully experienced being an officer, detective, homicide investigator, narcotics investigator, first Black on the SWAT Team, and owning a security company. These and so much more bring all of Earnest’s talents home to help the community.
Earnest, a hometown guy; coming back and forth throughout the years, he saw the need to help his city. He would talk to the children on the streets when he would come, and it disappointed him to see that most of them had no direction. He knew at some point God would use him for such a time as this. I, Debra, a native of Georgia, travelled many years to Greenwood and saw the greater need for help right here in Greenwood versus Atlanta. So, the journey began!
Long story short, we were afforded the opportunity to purchase the once St. Francis Center and the rest is history in the making. We would like to call it “Miracle on Avenue I !”
The Once St. Francis Center
Kate Foote Jordan was an important early convert whose energy and dedication allowed Father Nathaniel to expand the work of his mission. “Miss Kate”, as she was known to all, was a widow from a prominent, white Greenville Family. Raised an Episcopian, Jordan came to Father Nathaniel seeking religious instruction. In 1951 she joined the Catholic Church and devoted her life to serving the poor.
Miss Kate opened the Saint Francis Information Center in a rented storefront on Walthall Street where she offered recreational activities for children and religious instruction for anyone curious about the Catholic faith. In 1953 Miss Kate moved the Center to larger quarters on Avenue I. There the “Center Ladies” provided an array of services including a medical clinic and dispensary, a store selling used clothing for dimes and quarters, Girl Scout and Boy Scout, music lessons and after school tutoring for children, and evening classes in typing, sewing, and bookkeeping for adults.
The Center also published a weekly newspaper, the Center Light, to report events in the black community not covered in the Greenwood Commonwealth.
Construction of a substantial wing in 1957 included a large combination recreation and meeting hall that allowed the Center to expand its youth programs. Roller skating was a popular attraction for teens; a troupe of accomplished skaters gave costumed and choreographed exhibitions throughout the Delta.
Father Nathaniel was intimately associated with the work of the Center. Pax Christi member Kathleen Feyen recalled, “Every night when we would close the Center, a group of priests would come over and we would have coffee….in our little kitchen, and we would share happenings of the day and plan what we were going to be doing later on. The Franciscan Friar and Miss Kate forged a dynamic partnership, working together for the spiritual and material welfare of Greenwood’s African American population.