New Guadalupe Center will be open by January 2020

While it may be an empty building, the rooms Guadalupe Center’s brand new campus in Immokalee’s Jubilation neighborhood will soon be filled with children eager to learn.

Parents are already eager for their child to be a part of the early childhood program. The nearly $2 million project will allow over 60 kids to walk through the doors, taking them to the next level of education.

The renovations will begin immediately and are set to be completed by January 2020.

The center will foster the space for kids, up to 5-years-old, to learn the necessary life building blocks. Parents, like Gina Rivera, could not be happier about the opportunity for her daughter.

“It’s so beneficial for kids,” Rivera said. “Like I said, seeing with my other two and my daughter… its something this community needs.”

Tracy Connoelly, vice president of development at the Guadalupe Center, said he knows that is true. He said with the donations given to the Guadalupe Center it will be able to do right by the parents and their kids. That is by giving them a chance at an opportunity.

“A lot of the children and families in Immokalee already have a lot of barriers to success,” Connoelly said. “With the center and the other early programs are so critical to get that strong foundation.”

And that is all Rivera wants for her family.

“Knowing that there’s a building that’s going to be built with teachers that are loving,” Rivera said, “and just a place, you know, your kids are going to be safe at is amazing.”

Reporter:Jerrica Valtierra
Writer:Michael Mora
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