Downingtown church builds “The Well” to nourish community

DOWNINGTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “Hopewell United Methodist Church is committed to the community, but its building is outside of the main downtown area,” said Keith Wilburn, pastor of Community Outreach. “To reach out to many of the underserved in the community, Hopewell purchased an old funeral home in 2017 with the intention of converting it into a community center.”

The dream was a long time coming but resulted in the multi-service center now known as The Well. It includes an after-school program, an addiction support program, and two apartments used as transitional housing for single mothers.

During the summer, The Well hosts a wild group of students from kindergarten through 8th grade. There, children are given access to personalized opportunities to expand or consolidate their education.

“It’s just a place where we can improve our school skills and have fun,” said 13-year-old Jayla Richards.

Local businesses have helped by either donating goods or inviting students to their spaces to swim or exercise. Local teachers have also volunteered to keep the program free, fun and educational.

“There’s never been anything like this, so we knew right away we were filling a hole,” said Amy Straub, director of children and youth programs. “Starting with the church and then the community stepping in and just meeting the needs of the kids here downtown.”

As the four-week summer camp draws to a close, organizers hope it can be expanded to include high school students in the future.

To learn more about The Well, visit their website.

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