HSSD Opens Welcome Center

HSSD Opens Welcome Center
Posted on 08/16/2019
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The HSSD is proud to have completed all renovations to the new Parent Welcome Center, just in time to kick off the 2019-2020 school year. Located on Main Street, directly across from the Hot Springs Junior Academy and Park Magnet, the Welcome Center offers parent and family outreach services and resources. Spanish Interpreters for students and/or parents in need of  language assistance are available at the Welcome Center anytime it is open. Computers and free wifi, a food and clothing pantry, showers and bathroom facilities, and a sitting area with toys for small children are all part of the Center. All services and resources at the Welcome Center are entirely free.

A renovated home - as opposed to an office - was chosen as the location for a Welcome Center so that all guests to the center feel relaxed and welcomed. The spacious house opens into a large, cozy living room area furnished with couches, chairs, and tables for work space. To the left is a sitting area, and playroom with bookshelves and toys. That also leads into a fully equipped kitchen and serving area for snacks, cooking classes, and more. To the right of the living room along a long hallway are large rooms that house a clothing and food pantry, quiet quarters for meetings and studying, and showers/bathrooms. 

The Welcome Center will be open during regular school hours, as well as before and after school. Hours will be posted on the porch area of the facility. It will be closed during school holidays. Come by and visit anytime, or be sure to spread the word to families at the HSSD who could benefit from the services, offerings, and resources available at the Welcome Center. Find friendly, helpful staff HSSD members Mrs. Margaret Freeman and Mrs. Delia Alvarado (both, pictured below) there on a regular basis. To volunteer or donate to the Welcome Center, please contact Margaret Freeman, freemanm@hssd.net.

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