KeyBank Foundation donated $100,000 to the Omega Community Development Corporation for its Hope Center for Families facility.
This grant now puts the center less than a $1 million away from hitting its fundraising goal of $4 million, according to Omega Commuity.
The Hope Center for Families, which will located on Harvard Boulevard at at the former home of the United Theological Seminar, will serve the Northwest Dayton area with a 31,400 square-foot facility focusing on education, workforce development and health and wellness improvement.
“The goals of building a facility like this are bold and transformative for the Dayton community, which is one of the reasons we we’re drawn to support it,” said Joey Williams, KeyBank Dayton Market President. “The emphasis this center will place on its key initiatives, all under one roof, are directly in line with the impact we want to create as a bank in the Dayton community.”
The center’s education efforts will focus on early education and STEM for children, along with inter-generational and family education. An Early Learning Center operated by Mini University and the Service Satellite Learning Center will focus on early childhood development, traditional school age development, adult education with GED certification, and credit/non-credit educational programs from Sinclair Community College.
The Workforce Training Center operated by Omega CDC, Miami Valley Urban League and Ohio Means Jobs of Montgomery County will focus on soft skill development and job placement. The Pediatric Clinic will address physical and mental concerns and provide adult care.
“We are excited to receive this donation from KeyBank as we aspire to serve both children and families of this community in one space. Our hope is that this donation will inspire others to help us close the economic, educational, and health gaps that are so greatly impacting Northwest Dayton” said Vanessa Ward, the president of the Omega Community Development Corporation.
To help families, the center will also work to improve the well-being of families. This includes reducing parental stress, increasing parental skills, developing children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical capabilities.
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