Efforts continue to save an historic community center in Springfield, Massachusetts from foreclosure. The Dunbar Community Center has been an oasis for inner-city youth for decades, but now faces an uncertain future.
The board of directors of the Dunbar Community Center is continuing to negotiate with its mortgage-holder to avoid foreclosure and the possible closing of the center in Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood. A statement from the board this week said no foreclosure sale had been scheduled.
Over the last two years, the youth mentoring movement has grown in western Massachusetts. The organization Mass Mentoring Partnership has established a mentoring hub in the greater Springfield area. The initiative is getting a financial boost from First Niagara Bank which will announce a $50,000 grant at an event this evening in Holyoke. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Mass Mentoring Partnership President Marty Martinez.
Massachusetts is going to have a so-called “ three strikes” crime law. Governor Deval Patrick says he will sign a controversial crime bill aimed at keeping repeat violent criminals off the streets. People working to prevent violence in one western Massachusetts city say the real solution to improved public safety is community partnerships. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.