the catalyst news from the brevard neighborhood development coalition “joining hands for a better future” spring 2018 “a change is gonna come!” after years of false starts and unique challenges, the patience, vision, and determination of the residents in northeast palm bay and south melbourne were realized in december, when 150+ community members, officials, and partners of evans center, inc. officially broke ground on the new evans center. civic and neighborhood leaders from palm bay and melbourne celebrated evans center’s long-awaited groundbreaking! located in a usda-designated “food desert,” evans center will be a 6,000-square foot multi-purpose facility housing a grocery with fresh produce and meats, a health clinic operated by the brevard health alliance, and classroom space for job training, health and wellness education, and other programming needs identified by area residents. originally the brainchild of the powell subdivision neighborhood store was a community hub, a place where residents could shop for sundry items and enjoy catching up on the local news. after mr. evan’s death, the building saw a decline and eventually become the property of the city of palm bay. long an eyesore, the asbestos-ridden building was demolished by the city (2012) and purchased by evans center, inc. (2016). in addition to bringing much-needed services, evans center is a critical project “to overcome any obstacle in life it takes time and determination. i am looking forward to the new evans center being built, a convenient health clinic and shopping place for all the residents in south melbourne and palm bay.” mary baker – founding and current board member watch and the former congregations for community action, evans center is the direct result of neighborhood residents identifying community needs and organizing to offer solutions. neighbors remember fondly the old evans supermarket that once stood on the site. operated by roosevelt “ross” evans, the (continued on next page) mary baker signs up brick donors (see more inside) brevard neighborhood development coalition’s annual breakfast 12th anchor be an anchor in your community and support bndc with your sponsorship or attendance. thursday, may 3 crowne plaza oceanfront 7:30 to 8:00 am registration & coffee talk 8:00 to 9:30 am breakfast & program www.bndcserve.org/anchor questions? call 321-253-4214, ext. 207 or email email@example.com your donation supports: whatwe do the dock the dorcas outreach center for kids is a safe haven for children and teens of the booker t. washington neighborhood. youth receive academic and spiritual mentoring and enjoy enrichment programs. greater heights an 18 unit apartment complex for low income working families and the elderly, also in melbourne’s booker t. washington community. evans center a multi-use project opening in ne palm bay/se melbourne this fall will serve residents with a fresh food market, brevard health alliance clinic, and youth job training.
the catalyst - bndc news evans center groundbreaking to stay updated on what is new at bndc, follow us on facebook or visit www.bndcserve.org. (continued from cover) for stabilizing this community and stimulating the economic growth of palm bay’s bayfront community redevelopment area. current board president and founding board member james bartell points to benefits offered, “the evans center will enable us to provide jobs for youth and training in retail sales.” significant tax credits are available to florida businesses who invest in the project. committed financial partners to date include the florida community loan fund, bayfront redevelopment agency, the city of palm bay, the community foundation for brevard, corporate property group, the space coast health foundation, m&r united, inc., mh williams construction, and several generous individuals and organizations. purchase a commemorative brick at the evans center support the evans center and pave the path to healthy living! $100 per brick. visit www.evanscenter.org/paver give with confidence bndc is proud of our gold seal status with guidestar! when you make a gift to bndc, every dollar counts! choose bndc as your charity when shopping at amazon and we'll receive .5% of every dollar you spend. you can be sure your gift counts. you shop. amazon gives. gifts from the heart update year 2 was a success! gifts from the heart (gfth) christmas shop is a seasonal program designed to affirm the dignity of parents associated with its partner organizations by offering the parents an affordable option for their christmas shopping. this year those partner organizations were bndc, club esteem, family promise of brevard, and love in the name of christ. gfth accomplishes its goal by selling toys at deep, discounts, making them affordable to even the lowest income family and providing those families with a “hand up”. thanks to the bountiful generosity of the south brevard community, the shop was opened for six days in early december, fully stocked with toys for children and gift items to appeal to teens. a total of 105 families representing 235 children participated. program proceeds will be funneled into gfth christmas shop 2018.
volunteer spotlight eau gallie high school’s dock club we make a living by what we get. we make a life by what we give. assist with homework. the shelton’s agreed to sponsor the idea, and the eau gallie dock club was formed with about 15 student tutors who visited the dock on tuesday and wednesday afternoons. at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, dock director trevor howard was invited to speak at a student assembly dedicated to club opportunities. howard, a familiar face on eau gallie’s campus, shared the tremendous impact that students have on elementary aged children at the dock. the result of his speech combined with the ongoing support of the shelton’s and eau gallie’s students is a dock club that has grown to 95 members! students visit the dock three afternoons per week. howard says, “having students who are not only committed to their own academic achievement, but also the academic achievement of the dock kids, is beyond significant. i am inspired by their dedication and commitment.” while the students who participate in the dock club earn community service hours toward bright futures scholarships, most are already well over their 100-hour requirement. student body eau gallie high school’s culture is rooted in community service. in fact, principal jeremy salmon, states with conviction, “everything that we do, every decision we make at eau gallie, is based on culture and relationships. this is principal jeremy salmon, grace parker, annie ferris, amanda henderson, gionna delbuono, cheyenne charles, mrs. lorie shelton, mr. michael shelton where we have the greatest impact.” this statement is clearly illustrated through the actions of teachers, michael and jodie shelton, who in addition to their classroom responsibilities, are involved in the anchor club (which advocates against bullying), student government, the global education club, miracle dance marathon, and avid site team (a group that provides academic support for students who aspire to attend college). when student casey krahmer approached the shelton’s about starting a new club for the 2016-17 school year, they understandably had reservations about taking on an additional obligation! however, the shelton’s heard out krahmer’s proposal. she had previous experience volunteering at the dock through her church and proposed that eau gallie students provide our elementary program with tutors to “everything that we do, every decision we make at eau gallie, is based on culture and relationships. this is where we have the greatest impact.” – principal jeremy salmon president, cheyenne charles, has already logged over 800 hours. it is clear that the relationship is paying off for the dock and eau gallie high school. howard says, “this collaboration serves as an example of a community coming together to share knowledge and experience that makes us all better.” announcing new volunteer opportunities! growing programs mean new volunteer opportunities. here are just a few of the opportunities for volunteers at bndc: • nutrition volunteer – coordinate and plan the dock snack program with healthy and appetizing food that appeals to children and teens • grocery-runner – monthly commitment to pick up and deliver the dock snack order at sam’s club. requires automobile that can hold a large amount of groceries • librarian – the dock has a wonderful library in desperate need of book-lovers with a talent for organizing • handyman – with two youth centers and a small apartment complex, bndc is in need of a handyman the dock is always in need of tutors, and bndc welcomes ofﬁce volunteers, cleanup day volunteers, grant-writers, and volunteers for special events. contact carol sanchez, volunteer liaison, at 321.253.4214, x201 for more information. she is in the ofﬁce m-th, 8:30am-1pm. dock update the dock teen center is open for business! january 20 was a picture-perfect day when hundreds of booker t. washington neighborhood residents, contractors and donors opened the doors of the new teen center building for over 45 excited and deserving teens! if you couldn’t make it and would be interested in touring or learning how you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org new teen center ribbon cutting irene summerford scholarship congratulations to aaron dolphus, the first recipient of our irene aaron dolphus and bndc board member valerie holloway at the annual titan scholarship reception summerford memorial scholarship fund that is part of the efsc foundation. aaron recently earned his associates degree and plans to continue at efsc to earn a bachelor’s. save the date! mark your calendars our fall fundraiser – carnival at the creek. this year’s event will take place on october 21 from 4 to 8 pm at up the creek farms. join us for food, fun and fellowship!
the catalyst follow us on facebook and www.bndcserve.org a copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. registration #ch12852. 100% of the proceeds benefit the mission of the brevard neighborhood development coalition. hello friends, remember the excitement of getting new sneakers when you were a kid? i was certain that there was intrinsic value in a new pair of sports shoes. they undoubtedly made me run faster! hmm…so that was probably not true. but there is something to say for embracing the “new”! what’s intrinsic about the “new” is that it gives us a chance to see the familiar from a different vantage point. it can spur creativity and build momentum. at bndc, as we settle into 2018, there is great energy surrounding the dock program growth and move into the new dock teen center. later this year, we’ll gather for another ribbon cutting of the new evans center. plans are underway for the anchor breakfast – attendees can expect a very new kind of experience. (you don’t want to miss this one!) also, i am delighted by new board members who are bringing fresh ideas and vitality to this ministry. please check out the description in this catalyst of ways that you can also make a difference as a volunteer. sometimes the pace of all that’s new makes me consider purchasing sneakers…maybe they’d help me work faster?! in those moments, i am grateful to god, the one who is ultimately in control…the one whose spirit daily guides and renews us for this exciting journey! joyfully, lynn board of president leroy darby vice president chris rodriquez secretary joan sorensen treasurer chas hoyman mary baldwin geraldine blanchard dr. anthony catanese becky cavallucci dr. katherine cobb lesli dooley melissa euziere rolanda gallop courtney gateman valerie holloway peter mannino dr. joni oglesby jack ryals ashlee davidson matthew williams rachad wilson www.bndcserve.org 321-253-4214 melbourne, fl 32935 1151 masterson st.