As a teenager I had a vision of a communal space that would impact its community unlike any other; A space meant to serve its community and their needs, where programming could be implemented, relationships built and community would gather while representing the diverse people living and thriving together. While I didn’t have an exact date those many years ago, my passion assured me that the day would come. In December 2018, I visited a 4,400 square foot 2-level commercial bar, complete with a commercial kitchen, for sale in the East Pittsburgh neighborhood. I close on this building this month.
As a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh’s Mon-Valley, it’s become increasingly apparent that resources are continuously directed to more urban areas like East Liberty, Pittsburgh and the Hill District. However, the need for these resources are no different in my community. In fact, this disparity has alienated much of the Mon Valley, its youth, its families and its organizations and businesses. This Generation Connect Center will serve as a community space whereby local businesses, organizations, and community members, both youth and adults, can connect with fellow residents and share information and resources. Complete with a teen gathering space, a restaurant and cafe, meeting spaces, a dance studio, and a community space, the center will become a hub for the community, ultimately nurturing and developing future civic and community leaders, entrepreneurs, artists and creatives alike.
We have a date. We have a plan. But, it is your support that will allow us to put it to action. I am asking you to consider making a tax-deductible donation towards achieving this mission. Your donation will allow us to cultivate, strengthen and unify a deteriorating yet promising community.