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Remnant Church expected to open up community center
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 were going to do is were 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 hes no stranger to that type of work. He says its 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 wasnt 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 thats 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. Its 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 thats 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 dont just necessarily want to limit it to just kids, he said. We want to be a blessing to everyone in the community.