Harrisburg-based youth mentoring organization Joshua Group will be expanding its operations thanks to a donation from Metro Bank.
In a ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Metro will transfer the deed for the 7,000-square-foot facility at 1459 Market St. to Joshua Group. The nonprofit is based right across the street at 1442 Market and plans to convert the new facility into a Joshua Learning Center to serve more youth, according to Metro spokeswoman Natalie Neyer.
"They're out of space," Neyer said, explaining that the plan for Metro to donate the property coalesced after the nonprofit approached the bank and said it was interested in the location but could not afford to both purchase and renovate it.
"This generous donation will allow the Joshua Group to serve more at-risk low-income young people in our Preschool Program, After-School Program, GED prep classes, and in many more ways," said a posting on the Joshua Group's Facebook page. "Because it is right here in the heart of the Allison Hill neighborhood it is easily accessible to the youth and their families who need our programs and services."
The property’s value is estimated at $70,000, Neyer said. The land totals just over a tenth of an acre, and the building was constructed in 1909 as the McCloskey Memorial School. The facility served as a school and was most recently used for a day care.
During the ceremony Thursday, the Joshua Group is scheduled to announce the status of its fundraising campaign to complete the building's renovations and officially kick off the campaign's second phase, as well as unveil blueprints for the center's design.
Donated building's location