KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An effort is underway to bring back a community center that served the Columbus Park neighborhood.
The original Don Bosco building may soon serve nearby families again.
The building had been a center where immigrants came to learn English as a second language.
A few years ago Don Bosco moved the program to a larger space because the building had become too small and needed repairs. Last year, the ESL program served more than 1,200 people. In the meantime the neighborhood evolved to become home to more young, millennial families.
And Don Bosco realized new neighbors needed a place where there would be activities for kids and their parents.
"We think it will be wonderful," said Mo Orpin, executive director of the Don Bosco Centers. "It will be a hub for the neighborhood. We hope it will be a place where people can come and hold events or make sure their kids are coming to a safe place. To have some mentoring, athletics, all different social programs."
Don Bosco Centers are trying to raise $3-million to renovate the Columbus Park building, which has a gymnasium and space for after-school and community education classes.
Italian immigrants originally built the center to serve the neighborhood, and neighbors told FOX 4 News they're pleased that it will become a hub again to bring together older Italian families, a Vietnamese community and the younger millennials.