PALMDALE – Antelope Valley YouthBuild on Thursday celebrated the completion of the Palmdale Dream Center, a new transitional housing program and outreach facility located at 38518 5th Street East in Palmdale.
The 6,000 sq. ft. facility was constructed over the past three years by more than 360 students and alumni from AV YouthBuild, in partnership with the city of Palmdale and Paving the Way Foundation.
Come January, the Palmdale Dream Center will house homeless young adults who lack positive support systems, but are striving to succeed and need a stable and affordable place to live. A wing of the facility will house single mothers and their children. The facility has the capacity to house up to 19 individuals; tenants will be provided support services in a nourishing environment during a six- to 24-month transitional period, according to AV YouthBuild Executive Director and Founder Rossie Johnson.
“This facility represents the rebuilding of our community and transforming lives,” Johnson said. “It’s about recognizing dreams.”
The opening celebration Thursday brought together more than 75 supporters and well-wishers. The emotional ceremony included remarks from Johnson, State Assemblymember Tom Lackey, Palmdale Councilmember Fred Thompson, Neighborhood Services Director Mike Miller, students and staff from AV YouthBuild, and other supporters of the project. Following the ceremony, attendees toured the new facility, which includes 11 bedrooms, four bathrooms, two kitchens, two living rooms, two meeting rooms, two laundry rooms and an activity center.
Celebrating the Dream Center!
Palmdale Dream Center needs your support!
Local businesses or individuals may “adopt” a room at the Dream Center by purchasing the items needed to furnish and decorate the room of their choosing.
You can also support the project by donating other household items, including mattresses (twin size); linens and beddings (blankets, pillows, etc.); kitchen items (silverware, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, small appliances, etc.); bathroom supplies (towels, mats, etc.); cosmetics (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.); and cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, dustpans, etc.). Cash donations are accepted, and all donations are tax deductible.
To find out more about the new Palmdale Dream Center and how you can help, contact Antelope Valley YouthBuild at 661-266-8900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.