Everyone has dealt with challenges. Many neighbors in McElderry Park deal daily with major stress, trauma and grief. Beyond ordinary living, the community has been a distressed underserved neighborhood where violence and poverty are part of the story. Resilience and recovery are also a part of the story!
The Center for Grace-Full Living (CGL) receives wisdom from neighbors to find out what will make life better. A core organizational value is that people closest to the challenges have the best insight to know what solutions will be meaningful and healing. Resident requested activities, courses & events are planned and carried out responding to input from neighbors. All are offered for free to the community have included - NA/AA, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, creative writing, dance, music, acupuncture, marshal arts, computer skills, legal aid, STD/I testing, counseling & more! In addition, multiple partners provide programming and support to strengthen the community. At present, the Center for Grace-Full Living is being used on Mondays (from 8:30am-12pm & 12:30-4pm) by Behavioral Health Leadership Institute for a suboxone clinic and is a temporary home to Safe Streets East.
Many of the health & wellness programs were suspended during the pandemic and we're actively seeking programming ideas from neighbors and support from partners & volunteers who are eager to share their time & talents as we scale back up. Reach out to Beth at the church to connect with your input or to learn about partnering!