If you live, walk, bike or drive around near the former Holland Elementary School you may have noticed a lot of activity there lately. The building had been vacant for five years before Grace Lutheran Church (formerly Northeast Community Lutheran) purchased the property in June 2010. We renamed it Grace Center for Community Life.
The 1968-era building has 52,000 square feet. The two-story atrium in the center of the building is now a beautiful, light-filled worship space that Grace Lutheran uses and shares with three other churches.
The vision for Grace Center is to create a community center of empowering and life-giving activities focused in three primary areas: Faith, Learning and Service. In addition to housing several different church communities, Grace Center houses two charter schools, a music school, and a food shelf.
Grace Center is a Community Resource
Grace Church sees Grace Center as a community resource. We have made Grace Center available for uses such as family nights in the gym and have provided low-cost meeting space for community groups. Our Multi-Purpose Room, that contains a small stage, has been used by groups for events and fundraisers.
Our new worship space was designed to include lighting and room to display art. We have been part of Art-A-Whirl, the annual open gallery and artist studio tour that attracts 30,000 visitors. Our participation has included exhibiting art by local artists, live music, and art activities and a bouncy castle for kids.
Long Term Vision
The long-term vision for Grace Center is to enhance the arts and recreational opportunities in the neighborhood and to bring services to our community that do not currently exist here. We are working towards improving the aesthetics, safety and sustainability of the property.