A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held for ACCESS, a new community center established by the Surgent Family for Society in Chester.

The center’s mission is to provide a safe and respectful environment to gather for learning, recreation, and celebration.

ACCESS’s vision promotes quality of life and meeting the needs of our community by offering programs and activities which support and enrich the lives of children, young adults, seniors, and families in the Chester Community. It offers educational, social, and recreational experiences for all residents regardless of ethnicity, economic status, or gender with a focus on human dignity and empowering the community. It will also create and encourage partnerships with other community and non-profit organizations.

“Sister Cathy and I are so grateful to the Surgent Family for including us in the creation of ACCESS. The many supporters of ACCESS have been working tirelessly to put together wonderful programs and offerings in this beautiful building which will further enrich our community. We look forward to many years with our Chester neighbors,” said Sister Maggie Gannon.

Funding for the new center was also provided by individual donors as well as Widener University and The Burman Family Foundation. Corporate support included PECO, Bohemian Management Corp, P2 Management Company, New Spring Capital, TriState Bank, Capital Solutions, Tague Lumber, and Meridian Bank.

Gannon said the center will open its doors in early November because the contractor needs to complete some work. Along with classes and programs, the center will have a food bank, washers and dryers and showers.

The new ACCESS center is located at 701 Booth Street.

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