First Phase of The Beacon Completed
SOUTH BEND – May 7, 2015 – A building that was once a bowling alley where families from the far west side of South Bend congregated is in process of becoming another, but different kind of gathering place, for the same community.
The Beacon Resource Center is a nonprofit entity managed by the community and the Beacon Advisory team for the creation for a multi-use facility. Under the direction of DJ Construction Company, the first phase of the renovation is now complete.
DJ’s Pre-Construction manager Adam Tohulka said, “The finished space really turned out great compared to what it looked like the first time we walked through the building with a few years back. It is a great first step in getting the community into using the space and is something that they can continue to grow into in the future.”
Beacon’s Director of Operations Rachel Mendez explained, “With this phase we’ve opened up 19,000 square feet of multipurpose space. We now have a large gathering space/gymnasium that can host different types of organizations and the events that are foundational to their programs.
“For example, The Police Boxing Club will begin using this space for the coaching, mentoring, and tutoring they conduct starting this fall. They have been without a facility for nearly a year, which has affected roughly 150 individuals and their families in our community…. The Beacon can support their growth to the point that they will be able to add a second boxing ring.”
Mendez added Riverside Community Church will begin meeting at The Beacon in late summer, renting the spaces the church utilizes.
For more information on the Beacon Resource Center, the vision and how the space is being used, click here.
If you would like to tour the facility and hear their story, contact director of operations Rachel Mendez by calling (574) 302-2129, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.