On Wednesday, July 26, Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios and his staff hosted a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the new Endowment Center in La Blanca.
Palacios vision, brought to life a true “community” center; a place where neighbors can gather together for meetings and activities geared to all ages in the 6,000-square-foot multipurpose facility in east Edinburg.
“The Endowment Center has fulfilled a great passion of mine, which was providing a place that could bring everyone together; a center that would allow individuals to thrive, prosper, and could call their own,” said Palacios.
The standing room only event brought together county, state, and city elected as well as community leaders and local residents. Children and teachers from surrounding schools were also in attendance.
Since opening, with the summer program on June 12, the Endowment Center has served about 100 children daily, providing activities and serving meals.
“Children enrolled in the summer program experienced the hatching of baby chicks, the construction of bridges, and field trips,” said Palacios. “There also are plenty of physical activities and even bible classes offered at the Center.”
In addition to Precinct 4 staff, Texas A&M, UT-RGV, The Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg, and several other entities occupy the facility and provide programs and services there.
Adult programs include nutrition, financial literacy, and other courses geared toward improving their well-being and quality of life. With four classrooms, a computer lab with learning software, a fully-functioning kitchen, and a gardening center with raised beds, the Endowment Center has developed into a place of opportunity and growth.