The Macedonia Community Educational Food Project has been able to provide children with the educational tools needed for success in their studies. The center allows children between the ages of 3-17 access to computers, tablets, reading material and supplies. Many children are in need of WIFI access to operate their personal devices as well. This gives them the advantage they need to complete there school work during the pandemic due to school closings. The center also host classes on Monday nights to a program call SAAF which focuses on teen between the age of 12-17. Meals are provided on behalf of the community center. The center has workers that help serve the meals to the children and a administrator that oversee the day to day operations of the center.
The building will be the future home of Arsenal Place, and serve as a one stop for people who are in need of work readiness skills and employment opportunities all under one roof.
The building will soon be the home of many of the work-related programs of the DCCPC. (Dallas County Children’s Policy Council).
Adult WIOA (Job Court)
..and more to come.
In order for Sturdivant Museum to serve and educate the community and surrounding areas, we needed a brochure to direct traffic to our antebellum museum. Al-Tom RC&D has made it possible for us to financially achieve that goal. By distributing these brochures we are hopeful that the community and surrounding areas will be drawn to our museum.
Our Blackbelt Health Improvement Project includes a life style training program that teach participants proper nutritional eating habits, appropriate exercises, how to manage and prevent diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Also, our project includes a community gardens that raises fresh fruits and vegetables that are sold at the local farmer’s market. Equally important, our program purchase fruits and vegetables from local producers, local grocery stores, and State of Alabama Farmer’s Market vendors that are located in Montgomery and Birmingham , Alabama. In our project, we used local persons that helped with the farm as laborers in tilling, planting and all aspects of gardening. We raised watermelons, squash, cantaloupes, corn, peas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, and okra. All of these items were sold at the local farmer’s market as long as they were produced but due to the drought, we had to purchase most of our fruits and vegetables from other farmers, stores, and farmer’s market vendors.
The initial phase of this project was to observe probable hazards and document locations inside and outside the building and the nature of the existing hazard. Prior to the new windows and new roof that were completed in prior years, water incursion had caused some mold and mildew. The age of the building and its vacancy since 1968 except for storage made lead-based paint most likely on painted surfaces since paint used prior to 1978 contained lead. Asbestos in insulation and floor tiles were suspected. A visual observation confirmed all the above, as documented in the report and photos from Richard B. Hudgens. Laboratory testing and mitigation procedures will be carried out after the Selma School System finishes removing items stored throughout the basement and parts of the main floor so that all areas are accessible.