On June 6th the Marks JCH celebrated the grand opening for our rooftop expansion. The new state of the art space adds 7600 square feet to the historic building of the Marks JCH and will allow us to serve an additional 300 people daily by expanding workforce development and self-sufficiency programs as well as youth-serving programs. The new space will provide additional job training, ESOL classes, and individualized case management to a greater number of vulnerable immigrants, after school services and a newly launched Women’s Center serving girls and women of all ages. Lastly, an outdoor area will offer inter-generational recreational programs to the community.
The celebration was a fabulous evening, bringing together friends and supporters to celebrate the successes of our community as we continue to work toward securing the future. We were so moved and grateful to see alumni and friends return to celebrate the place that has come to mean so much too so many.
For over 90 years, the Marks JCH has served as a pillar of our community, connecting people and empowering them at every stage of life through vital social services and programs that educate and inspire. We look forward to many, many more decades of continuing to do so.
With this goal in mind – and our desire to serve even more people – the Marks JCH is building up, expanding our facility by adding program space onto our roof. The recently completed new space with a beautiful glass façade sits atop our current building, literally and spiritually bringing new light to the community.
The expansion has created five new classrooms and office space, as well as a renovated outdoor inter-generational recreation area. The additional space will enable the JCH to serve more than 300 new clients per day and significantly expand our youth, workforce-development and self-sufficiency programs.
In addition to building new space for indoor learning, we were excited to renovate and improve the rooftop play area, which will now prove stimulating for people of all ages. The previous playground structure, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, was replaced with an Imagination Playground system with its signature large blue blocks that transform minds, bodies and spirits through imaginative play. Its portability enabled us to install seating, allowing the entire JCH community to use the area for outdoor movie nights and other cultural events.