San Bernardino - Time for Change Foundation held the grand opening of its first affordable housing project, known as the Phoenix Square, on July 25, 2012 at 657 North F Street in San Bernardino, CA. The event began at 8:30 a.m. with a few words from San Bernardino City Mayor Patrick Morris, who commended Time for Change Foundation's executive director and founder, Kim Carter for her work in making the project possible.
Carey Jenkins, from the San Bernardino Economic Development Agency was followed by Mayor Morris in giving a few words, commenting on the nature of his working relationship with Kim Carter, giving her praise for her efforts. Other speakers included Beverly Earl, Director of Catholic Charities, and Board President of Time For Change Foundation, and Dianne Sapp, a Time for Change Foundation graduate and first resident at the Phoenix square.
"Today is a great day in San Bernardino," said Kim Carter, "This is the model for affordable housing in the Inland Empire."
As the final speaker, Kim Carter explained that this was a $1.5 million dollar project that was funded in part by the Weingart Foundation, Affordable Housing Solutions, the City of San Bernardino's Economic Development Agency, and was furnished by Ashley's Furniture. Kim Carter additionally acknowledged the businesses that helped make the creation of the Phoenix Square possible, including WLC Artitects, Inc., Juan Dial (project manager), Solomon Ujamaa, Inc. (construction manager), and Absolute Contractors (general contractors). The event culminated with a ribbon cutting which was facilitated by the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce.
"This is a great day for the City of San Bernardino," said John Kunkel, Director of Communications for Time for Change Foundation. "It was so exciting to see our government and business leaders join together to celebrate the grand opening of this project, especially during these challenging times for our City."
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