After two years of isolation imposed by the pandemic, we are feeling hopeful as our community is building new welcoming spaces for people to gather. In this issue we highlight several new community centers that have either opened in the past year or will be opening very soon.
It’s been a challenging two years. Public health guidelines intended to keep people safe from a deadly disease meant community centers, like the Burien Community Center, had to close their doors to the public.
A beloved and long-standing institution, the Moshier Art Center has provided affordable studio spaces and classes to the Highline community for decades.
Para los Niños is celebrating almost twenty years in Burien. Started by a group of Latina mothers to help other Latino families struggling to navigate the Highline Public Schools system, the nonprofit organization has grown and expanded, and now offers youth programs, public health services, civic engagement programs, and adult learning.
Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, in 2021, the Discover Burien team proceeded with clearing out a space previously used for classes, purchasing equipment, and hiring staff to manage the “The Box” Makerspace, Highline area’s first publicly accessible maker space.
After six decades, Puget Sound’s Italian American community once again has a place to call home. At a time when breaking through isolation to make meaningful connections is even more valued, Casa Italiana – Italian Cultural Center pushed through the challenges of the pandemic to open its doors to the community.
Formed in 2005, the nonprofit Latino Civic Alliance began as a way to provide civic engagement education for the Latino community in Washington state.
In 2019, when Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County began talking with a local property owner about constructing new homes on a site in Burien, the City was at the same time developing a demonstration program to incentivize the construction of affordable housing. It was the perfect intersection of opportunity, policymaking, and resources bringing new affordable, owner-occupied housing to Burien.
At a time when there were few human services agencies and transportation options were limited in South King County, that simple recognition grew into Multi-Service Center (MSC), a one-stop umbrella organization that houses multiple services.