“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is an old saying that implies that any thing gifted should be accepted as it is and not to be tested after accepting it.
I’ve been concerned that the PennDOT gift of renovating the Ruth L. Bennett properties, while definitely appreciated, was also concerning because because the non-profit organization responsible for its occupancy, upkeep and administration hasn’t reveled a plan to sustain the buildings.
I was hoping the Community Spirit paper would shed some light on their plans, but they couldn’t seem to get an answer either and focused on the building history and quote from PennDOT.
It appears Delores Freeman-Clybourn will move her Nia Center arts and education program back into the nursery building and the Ruth L. Bennett board members will use the former boarding home as their administrative offices.
Historically, the Nia Center has provided extremely low cost fees for children to enjoy arts and education programs. Their cost structure provides a unique opportunities for low income families in Chester who can’t afford traditional daycare expenses. Hopefully, they’ll fill that nursery building to the brim.
Strangely, no one from the Ruth L. Bennett board contributed to the article. Since they’ve basically managed two abandoned buildings for the past 25 plus years with little to no regard for the property upkeep or renovation, I’m very curious what type of administrative work they’re planning to conduct in their new building.
With new buildings come new responsibilities. Let’s hope they take good care of the new gift and earn enough revenue to use the new air conditioning system in the summer months for the kids and maintain the property so that it continues to look new for a very long time.