Transforming Lives - Building Community
St. Mary’s Center Village
|Walking into the courtyard at St. Mary’s Center there is a sense of sanctuary, of welcome, of life. |
St. Mary’s Center has purchased a permanent home, developed a lovely outdoor space and raised 98.3% of the $7 million dollar goal to create St. Mary’s Center Village.
Located on Brockhurst Street and San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, California, St. Mary’s provides a full range of services for extremely low-income seniors and offers a Preschool to children.
The outdoor space provides shade and safe respite for seniors without a place to live, fresh produce for those who are hungry, a climbing structure and bike bath for preschoolers, and landscaped and lighted parking for volunteers who help with the program. Inside - the offices, preschool, community center, kitchen and housing are clean, bright and accessible.|
Steps Toward Home was St. Mary’s Center’s first capital campaign. In 3 1/2 years, over 600 donors contributed $6,887,486 to make this dream of a permanent home possible. Individual donors contributed $2,197,074 representing 32% of the total. Government provided 28%, Foundations 14% and Organizations 25%. On June 25, 2009 we dedicated our “village in the making”. It is beautiful!
Timeline to create St. Mary’s Center Village:|
Fall 2006|| Signed a lease with option to purchase 925 Brockhurst Street & 3208 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, California|
Renovated three buildings: Senior Services Building, Community Center & Preschool
|December 2006|| Moved to our new home|
|June 2008|| Opened “Closer to Home”, a transitional housing program providing a step between homelessness and permanent housing.|
|November 2008|| Completed Purchase of 925 Brockhurst Street and 3208 San Pablo Avenue
Demolished Church Facility to make room for development of courtyard|
|January 2009|| Developed Courtyard, Garden and Parking|
|June 2009|| Grand Celebration Event|
|March 2010|| Completed Purchase of 3202 San Pablo Avenue (Closer to Home)|
|Spring 2010|| Developed new Preschool yard with play structure, raised garden beds, shade area and bike path|
An additional $112,514 is needed to complete the project. If you would like to help, please call Executive Director Carol Johnson at (510) 923-9600 x 223 or visit ways to contribute on our home page. |