Growing up in Wichita’s North End, Ron Rosales visited the Evergreen Library after school, where he now takes his own kids. Soon, the gathering space won’t be just a library but a renovated community center that will host a new nonprofit.
Empower Evergreen launched in March to serve residents of the largely Hispanic community north of downtown. It aims to connect them with resources in education, small business incubation and workforce development.
“It usually takes a long time to make things happen on our side of town,” said Rosales, who also represents District 6 on the Wichita school board. “But this has gone expeditiously. It’s something we can do in our community to upgrade it.”
Ariel Rodriguez, executive director at Empower Evergreen, said the organization plans to bring existing resources to a trusted, bilingual location within the neighborhood.
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