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Remnant Church expected to open up community center

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 10:56 PM CDT



PENSACOLA, Fla. – A new community center is expected to open in Pensacola as early as next month.
 
The
Well Community Center will open on the property of the former Allie
Yniestra Elementary School on the 2300 block of Jackson Street.

 
In
May, The Escambia County School Board began leasing the property to
Remnant Church of Deliverance Christian Academy INC., based out of
Evergreen Park, Illinois. 

 
Pastor
Tauro Jenkins of Remnant Church says they are leasing the property,
with the option to buy, valued at $500,000.  Right now he is holding
services at the auditorium
and says his congregation is about five to six families.  However, he
hopes to do much more with the property.

 
“One
of the things we’re going to do is we’re planning to have a community
center,” Jenkins said. “And in this community center, our goal is to
make sure we provide
for educational training and development and personal development.”

 
Jenkins
says he’s no stranger to that type of work.  He says it’s similar to
community programs he ran in Chicago for more than four years.  Except
this time he has
30,000 sq. ft. to work with, much more than he had in the windy city.

 
“We had 10,000 sq. ft. and it wasn’t nearly as structured as it is here with different classrooms,” he said.
 
Jenkins
was born and raised in Chicago.  Aside from being a pastor, he is also
in sales.  He says that’s what brought him to Pensacola nearly two years
ago.  And just
like in Chicago, his passions are faith and community, so he wants to do
continue that work in Pensacola.

 
The
Remnant Church of Deliverance is formerly known as Deliverance
Christian Center of Chicago.  It’s a non-profit faith based
organization.  Jenkins says the programs
he headed in Chicago had a successful run for nearly five years.  But it
stopped when he relocated to Northwest Florida. 

 
Jenkins
and his volunteers have been slowly cleaning up and moving into the
property.  He hopes to get a two-week summer program up and running in
the community center
with about 125 kids before the school year starts. 

 
But he says that’s only the beginning.  He eventually hopes to serve up to 200 children of different grades and ages.
 
Jenkins
says the new community center in Pensacola will eventually provide
mentoring, tutoring in math, writing and reading.  It will provide
nutritious meals, as
well as conflict resolution and anger management training.  It will also
provide recreational activities. 

 
He
says it will offer a Summer Youth Enrichment camp as well as after
school programs.  They also hope to offer teen pregnancy prevention
program and a child development
center.  He also plans to add an after school nutrition program.

 
“We don’t just necessarily want to limit it to just kids,” he said. “We want to be a blessing to everyone in the community.”



Remnant Church expected to open up community center


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