BALTIMORE — The Park Heights community is getting a new center where athletes can work, study, and worship.
25 years ago, there was a center that already existed where people could meet, connect, and fellowship, but the building eventually fell into despair. Now that old building will house the new community center after a $250,000 renovation.
Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes volunteer Garrick Williams took matters into his own hands and made his vision of a place where hundreds of athletes and coaches could delve into worship together a reality.
“Your words, your dreams and your thoughts have the power to create conditions,” Williams said. “In our lives, what we can speak about, we can bring about. And it’s the little things that make a big change in our lives. We may never know what kind of impact we will have by helping, but God does, and He is going to use the Park Heights Saints Community Center to create those life-changing experiences.”
Because of Williams' dream, now the Park Heights Saints community can gather in the center to do schoolwork in the computer lab, host team meetings and FCA Huddles, work out, eat together or watch a game on TV. '
And the center is not just for students.
Parents and other adults will be able to use the classroom to get their GED or find work opportunities.
“Rebuilding this house and turning it into the Park Heights Saints Community Center for the football and cheerleading teams is a dream God gave to Garrick Williams,” said Maryland FCA State Director Shaun Smithson. “So, when the community comes into this house, they will have their lives impacted forever by what God will do when they gather.”
A grand opening for the center will be on March 20 at the house on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore.