Legacy Community Center in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin officially closed its doors just one month shy of their one year anniversary. Thankfully, the center received a lifeline.

The Legacy Community Center first opened in 2018 as a way to provide individuals and families in need a food and clothing closet and a nutritious meal from Agnes’ Table all under one roof and from one central agency. Legacy is the only food closet open every day in the community. Unfortunately, the funds ran dry forcing the community center to stop the emergency food and clothing closet and connection resources programs.

That was until Legacy Community Center got a little help from the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District (CFAUSD). Thanks to a new partnership with the school district, the nonprofit is able to reopen its doors to the community.

“My mind started thinking about the phoenix rising out of the ashes. And after talking to the school people we decided that the cardinal was rising out of the ashes. The partnership allowed us to open and get back to serving the people in the community. It made my day.”
– Dave Gordon, President of Legacy Community Center

With this new partnership, CFAUSD will take over the payments for rent and utilities. Also, the center will ‘hire” students. Chippewa Falls students will earn class credit and gain workforce experience by restocking shelves, working in the kitchen and helping those in need.

“My heart overflows. This is Service Excellence.”
– Heidi Taylor-Elopoulos, Superintendent of Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District

Sources: Photo | Legacy Community Center to stay open with help of Chippewa Falls School DistrictLegacy Community Center to re-open after partnering with Chippewa Falls school district

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