Saturday, March 3, 2007

Mendoza Center readies for opening with splash of color

An oasis of real help and real hope in a desert of need – that’s the Mendoza Center. Upon entering this oasis, children, families and visitors to the community center will be greeted by a beautiful hand-painted mural. While Franklin, Connie (the regional director) and I were visiting the center in preparation for the dedication, we decided to help in the painting of the mural, which is located in the reception area.

It all started with sponsored youth, Wilmer Enrique, age 14, winning an agency sponsored art contest. Soon, Wilmer’s colorful painting of a clown became a transfer-on drawing on the wall. Members of the community have come together to help complete the mural in time for the opening of the center. Various youth, staff and younger children have spent countless hours adding their own personal touches to the mural. When these children visit the center, this mural will always remind them that they’ve made a contribution to the center that they call their own.

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