Clark Family Foundation creates a place to ride

Since 1982, the Guadalupe Center has been dedicated to educating children. Starting out as a soup kitchen, volunteers saw that in order to disrupt the vicious poverty cycle, they had to expand and offer educational programs.

The new bike path at the Guadalupe Center. (Submitted photo/Lewis Perkins)

By 1984, the Guadalupe Center’s main focus was on education and adapted the slogan, “Breaking the cycle of poverty through education” in the early 1990’s.

The Guadalupe Center has further expanded to enhancing the education of early childhood, after school and summer enrichment programs, and college preparatory classes.

With a generous donation from The Clark Family Foundation, a private foundation that had previously provided funds for the afterschool and summer programs and a trip for 250 kids to attend a Miracle’s baseball game, the Guadalupe Center was able to get the capital for a bike path for their preschoolers.

“It’s something that we wanted for a while, because the kids only had a sidewalk to ride on,” Kelly Hammer, Director of Community Outreach & Public Relations, said.

Thanks to Director of Development, Kelly Krupp, who met with members of the Clark family Foundation, and discussed the school’s needs during a tour. “They’re (the Clarke Family Foundation) really driven to do things for the Children’s well-being.”

The Clark Family Foundation was established in 1968 and provides grants to social services, education, health and human services. And, thanks to them, several kids will be enjoying the new bike path.

Lewis Perkins is special to the Immokalee Bulletin and can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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