Community corner closed, services move to other district sites
On Monday, June 8, the Brooklyn Center Community Schools’ School Board voted to approve a resolution to relocate district services from the Community Corner, effective July 1, 2020. Located at 1500 69th Ave N, the Community Corner has been a hub of services and resources through a partnership with NorthWest Hennepin Family Services. The board overseeing funding for NorthWest Hennepin Family Services also voted to approve the relocation of services from the Community Corner.
Earlier this spring, the district was notified that a grant supporting the Health Resource Center (HRC) would not be renewed. The HRC offers free and low-cost medical, dental, vision, and mental health services to youth and community members ages 0-19.
“Because the HRC is a valued resource to our students and families, we proposed to NorthWest Hennepin to reallocate dollars to help fund these essential health and human services,” said Seth Ryan, director of community engagement. “They agreed that the HRC resources were a priority for our community and needed to continue.”
Many of the services previously offered to community members at the Community Corner will continue to be offered at the HRC and in the Family Resource Rooms at Earle Brown Elementary and Brooklyn Center Middle and High School. These services include food shelves, clothing closet, community resources, low cost health and medical services, and other services.
“We have been dealing with two pandemics, COVID and racism,” said Miamon Queeglay, community schools manager. “Racism is a public health crisis that is not new, and a driving force of the social determinants of health. At BCCS, we want to ensure that we have practices in place that address racial health disparities and the HRC is one of the most effective ways to do so.”
Family Resource Rooms will be open for community members this summer. If you need help accessing community services, please call to set up an appointment. Click here for contact information for Family Resource Rooms and here for additional information for the HRC
Earlier this spring, it was also announced that early learning classes, including preschool for three and four year olds, would be relocated from the Community Corner to Earle Brown Elementary starting in fall 2020. Construction at Earle Brown Elementary increased the space dedicated for early learning programs and classes.
The enrollment office has also been relocated from the Community Corner to the main office at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School. If you need to enroll a child for the 2020-2021 school year, please call Jody Rossi, enrollment coordinator, at 763-561-2120 x2550 to setup an appointment.