LOUISVILLE, KY. (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Presbyterian Community Center (PCC) Board of Directors has voted to temporarily suspend operations at the center due to financial constraints. All daily operations including programming will be suspended at the close of business Aug. 30.
The center at 701 S. Hancock St. provides recreation, health, education and other services primarily to families in Smoketown, Shelby Park and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Presbyterian Child Development Center (PCDC), 630 Finzer St., will continue normal operations and is not expected to be affected by the board's action. PCDC is rated a 3 star facility (4 star is the highest) by the state of Kentucky and currently serves 55 children up to age eight http://pcdclouisville.com/
Like many other non-profit agencies, the PCC has cut expenses and programming, laid off employees and tried to step up fund raising but still struggled to meet payroll and pay its bills in recent months. The center also lost much of its client base when the much-anticipated U.S. Housing and Urban Development's HOPE VI project in PCC's neighborhood required the demolition of Sheppard Square housing project and the relocation of several hundred residents.
"We hate to suspend programming at PCC just as school is starting and parents and children will be looking to return to PCC for after school meals and programs" PCC board chairman Grover Potts said. "But we think this is the most prudent and financially responsible move we can make at this time. We see this not as an ending but rather a time to take stock and create a better future for the Presbyterian Community Center."
The Presbyterian Community Center was founded by missionaries in 1898. The organization moved into its current building in 2001.