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New community center in Lafayette

The north side of Lafayette welcomed its new North End Community Center.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 6:37 PM

The north side of Lafayette welcomed its new Northend Community Center.

The new building partnered with 12 local help centers in the community, most of which are nonprofit.

The centers that once functioned separately, are now housed under one roof.

Joey Wright, a pastor with Northend Ministries, says the idea of bringing the help centers together would eliminate a cost burden that nonprofits can face.

"We thought, if we were to come together as nonprofits and we were to share a community center like this, the cost of just purchasing buildings and leasing a facility goes way down," said Wright.

Shine On University, Hanna Center and Tippecanoe Senior Center are just a few of the nonprofits that came to join Northend.

"All of the partners have different programing for different age groups and some... there's very little overlap," said Wright.

Wright says he believes this partnership is going to bring the community closer.

We believe that the North End is gonna be strengthened by coming together. We believe it through the nonprofits that we're better together, it just screams that message," said Wright.

The facility welcomes everyone and most services are free - not including the fitness gym or pool.

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