About Grace Center

playground at grace centerIf you live, walk, bike or drive around near the former Holland Elementary School you may have noticed some nice changes over the years. The building had been vacant for five years before Grace Lutheran Church purchased the property in June 2010. It was renamed Grace Center for Community Life.

The 1968-era building has 52,000 square feet. The two-story atrium in the center of the building is now a beautiful, light-filled worship space that Grace Lutheran Church uses and shares with two other churches. The vision for Grace Center is to create a community center of empowering and life-giving activities focused in three primary areas: Faith, Learning and Service. In addition to housing several different church communities, Grace Center houses two charter schools, and a food shelf.

Grace Center is a Community Resource
We have made Grace Center available for uses such as family nights in the gym and have provided low-cost meeting space for community groups. Our Multi-Purpose Room, that contains a small stage, has been used by groups for events and fundraisers. Our new worship space was designed to include lighting and room to display art. We have been part of Art-A-Whirl, the annual open gallery and artist studio tour that attracts 30,000 visitors. Our participation has included exhibiting art by local artists, live music, and art activities and a bouncy castle for kids.

Long Term Vision
The long-term vision for Grace Center is to enhance the arts and recreational opportunities in the neighborhood and to bring services to our community that do not currently exist here. We are working towards improving the aesthetics, safety and sustainability of the property.

Community Amenities
Grace Center tenants offer K-8 schooling, child care, worship and meeting space, a commercial kitchen, summer sports, art camps and more.

Site Improvements
New rain gardens and green space have reduced much of the empty cracked asphalt surrounding the building.

Worship Space
The 2-story atrium in the center of the building has been renovated to be an inspiring place of worship.

Little Kitchen Food Shelf
Fighting food insecurity by engaging volunteer’s energy and donations from the greater community to serve the hungry with respect and dignity.