Spotlight: Maya Angelou Community Center

December 13, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

PCRI has always set out to do more than simply provide affordable rental housing.  Our mission of providing housing and associated services for our residents started nearly 20 years ago.

Today, PCRI provides a wide variety of services to help our residents achieve stability and self-sufficiency.  Many of our classes, seminars and education take place at our main office, but we continue to provide more plentiful and diverse services and at our three community centers.  One of those centers–the spotlight of this post–is Maya Angelou Community Center.  Although the Maya Angelou Center previously focused on youth programs, we’ve found increased need for adult programs and have been updating the services available here.

In fact, November brought us our first month of adult services at Maya Angelou, including English classes for non-native speakers, computer tutoring sessions, a resident community meeting, and a book club (not to mention a Thanksgiving potluck!).

Our English classes are designed to provide useful, conversational skills for non-native speakers and are held Monday and Tuesdays (FYI: a similar class tailored for East African immigrants is available at the Margaret Carter Community Center).  Interested residents should contact the center to sign up.

For resident bookworms (or those wanting to be), the Book Club will be diving in headfirst, reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  Though the club’s first meeting was last week, there’s still opportunity to join.  Look for copies of the book at your branch of the Multnomah County Library, where they have both text and audio versions of the book, then contact the center for future meeting dates.

For something a little lighter, we’re offering to snap photos of resident families for holiday cards and gifts.  Residents who would like to have family photos taken for the holidays can come into the center for their modeling moment!

Some of the programs that will be returning to the center after the New Year include Financial Fitness classes through the FDIC’s Money Smart computer program, a faith-based Dave Ramsey class, or a bank-sponsored class.  Residents should contact the center to let us know which program you’re interested in.

The Maya Angelou Community Center will also begin a Spanish Conversation Group for residents who would like to improve their Spanish language skills.  All PCRI residents are invited (as are community members), including native Spanish speakers, who would be great resources for pronunciation and cultural context.

Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Shoot us a note or stop with your idea for services and programs!

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