Located at 36 Arlington St. in Nashua, next to Dr. Norman W. Crisp School, the Arlington Street Community Center officially opened on October 28th, 2017.
The mission of the Arlington Street Community Center is to develop links between schools, parents, business leaders, and the community at-large through a community space where services are available to assist with the needs of every student and family.
The community center is one of the initiatives taken on after Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess’ acceptance of the White House initiative My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge.
The MBK Community Challenge is a national call to action to build and execute robust plans to ensure that all young people – no matter who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born – can achieve their full potential.
In May 2016, a summit initiated by Mayor Donchess’ acceptance of the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge was attended by over 70 community agencies and City departments. They identified the need for a community center based on a community school model that operates through a partnership between the schools and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement would lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.
The community center is operated, funded, and maintained by community volunteers.
Community members gathered on October 28th, 2017 as Mayor Donchess cut a ribbon to symbolize the official opening of the Arlington Street Community Center.
Afterward, the MBK Board hosted a Halloween party in the community center, featuring a costume contest, games, dancing, raffles, snacks, and refreshments.