By Frank Elementary School in Guadalupe an old abandoned building once sat unused, empty, and in need of a lot of work. Before it was abandoned, there were times when it had a lot of life as it has been a bakery, a beauty salon, a barbershop, and a behavioral health center.
To continue our community empowerment work in Guadalupe, we united with Frank Elementary School and the residents who shared a need for a community center, and begun a conversation about how to bring this dream to life. This building was the perfect opportunity to get the right people together to mobilize the caring power of the community, like Layton Construction. Each year, Layton Construction chooses a non-profit to benefit from a donated remodel project, and this year they chose to cover the cost to convert this unused space to fulfill the needs of the town. With the help of Layton Construction, input and collaboration of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe members, and other partner organizations we were able to meet this need for the town.
Because of amazing partnerships of organizations that believe in adaptive reuse, this building is full of life and now called the Seewa Tomteme Community Center. It is a place where teens and children can learn, residents can collaborate, and everyone can continue the vision for the town and the legacy it will leave. It will also be an outreach center for comprehensive behavioral health assistance. Watch the incredible transformation in the video below.
Adaptive reuse is taking over an old facility and making it look like new again followed by giving the right support necessary to give the space a community purpose. It is important because it turns unused space into a place of opportunity and future. Our partners that made this happen for the Seewa Tomteme Community Center include:
Canyon State Electric
“This amazing resource center is a testament to the great things that can happen when people work together and its proof there are many people outside the towns limit’s that care about this community and acknowledge it’s potential. We have no doubt that amazing things will happen here and we are grateful to have been a part of it.”
- Erica Freshle, Chair of Connect 4 Committee, Layton Construction
No single organization can do it alone. By connecting with the community and wonderful leaders within it, we are able to support neighborhoods and break the cycle of poverty. This project is a testament to the great things that can happen when people come together to fight for the success of our neighborhoods. We have no doubt that amazing things will happen at this new community center and we were proud to be involved.
Check out another example of our work in adaptive reuse with The Story of the Heart of Isaac Community Center in Maryvale.