Pulaski County Government held a ribbon cutting and open house Thursday, Aug. 4 for the Pulaski County Higgins Community Center.
The more than 2,600 square-foot facility is complete with a multipurpose room, education room and warming kitchen. The multipurpose room features a retractable wall that converts the room into two classrooms. The education room contains five computers.
The total cost of construction was approximately $347,000. Grant funds included $50,000 from State Senator Linda Chesterfield and $3,000 from Wal-Mart for computers.
WE CARE Executive Director Patricia Jackson said, “I am overjoyed to once again provide much needed services to this community in a new building. I’m thankful to the County for seeing the need and fulfilling that need.”
The program WE CARE operates from the facility to provide services such as recreational programs, youth development, emergency assistance and tobacco prevention. WE CARE serves communities of Southeast Pulaski County including Sweet Home, Higgins, Wrightsville, Woodson and Hensley.
“The WE CARE program has been a valuable resource to the Higgins Community and surrounding areas,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “We are proud to know that because of the rebuild the services will continue. Children and youth in the area will continue to have a place to go to receive tutoring, mentoring and guidance afterschool and during the summer.”