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SVSF plans grand opening for new Detroit headquarters
Lappin Street Center opens Oct. 15 with activities for families, tours refreshments and more
By: St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
Planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, the grand opening is open to the community and will include a children's backpack giveaway (courtesy of DTE); refreshments;
The 14061 Lappin building, located near Seven Mile and Gratiot on Detroit's east side, is the first building to be owned by SVSF in its 178-year history.
The 36,000 square foot educational facility will house various learning programs, basic skill and learning enhancement programs for at-risk children and adults as well as SVSF staff and community resources.
The building will showcase three unique design elements. A large mural is being created for the children's wing by local artist Lauren Magda. A 60-foot long "timeline wall" is being designed to depict the Center's history of serving the community for the last 178 years.
In the parents' waiting room of children's wing, the famous SVSF stained glass windows from the historic site in Farmington Hills will be showcased in a specially designed LED case. The 18 stained glass windows, featuring childhood favorites such as Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill and a wide range of others, were saved from the Farmington Hills location of SVSF Center, which was built in 1929 by Charles and Sarah Fisher.
"This building has been a labor of love and we are overjoyed to welcome our neighbors and friends into our new home. We are so excited to open this building to serve our community," says SVSF Center Executive Director and CEO Diane Renaud. "Our legacy started in Detroit over 175 years ago and today we have a permanent home we can call our own, demonstrating our commitment to building our City and helping our residents."