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Area community center continues to take shape

Updated: Friday, January 10 2014, 02:44 PM EST

By: Jennifer Black
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio --

The Catholic Proud Organization Community Center for Faith and Family officially opened its doors to the public at the end of October.  The center, located at the corner of 4th and Market streets in downtown Steubenville, has come a long way from when it was Roony's.

“[It’s] an environment where hopefully people will start caring more about each other.  Respect each other.  That's what a neighborhood and a community is about,” director David Vogel said.

The space inside has been cleaned up and brought up to code, and Vogel continues to fill it with things that will benefit the community.

“There’s some older people sitting at the table playing a game of checkers or chess, there some kids here sitting on the floor playing some children's games.  It's a nice sense of family and peace within the community,” Vogel said.

And earlier this week during the deep freeze, some 20 volunteers came in to open the center as a warming place for people to get off the streets.

“They came in and coats and hats and gloves, and soup and coffee and sandwiches,” Vogel said.

Starting in February, Vogel plans to begin weekly concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.  The recording artist plans to bring in faith-based music groups to perform for families on the weekends.  Vogel also hopes to offer music lessons for people in the community.

Thus far it has cost about $14,000 to get the building up to code, and Vogel is hoping the community will come forward with donations to help keep the doors open.

“There’s a roller coaster up and down, and there is gonna be struggles and I know that.  I knew that going in that it was not going to be easy, but it's worth it.  I know that, and that's why I’m willing to go through the struggles,” Vogel said.

 

Area community center continues to take shape


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