History

Neighborhood Center has served the total Harrisburg community since 1910.  Formerly known as the Methodist Mission, Neighborhood Center has a proud history of meeting the needs of and empowering its neighbors. Information on the Neighborhood Center mural on Maclay Street can be found at http://www.sprocketmuralworks.com/insight/2014/7/30/fredrick-douglas-mural.

The Center also specializes in innovative approaches to community needs, among them the first kindergarten for African-American children in Harrisburg; the development of one of the first programs for physically and learning disabled children, which was used as a model when the Harrisburg School District began such a program; Young Mothers Together, one of the first agency responses to the high teen pregnancy rate in the city; and TICKET, a unique one-to-one tutoring program based on the teaching methods of Sylvia Ashton Warner.

Neighborhood Center’s Lenore Haas Alexander Playground on the southeast corner of Third and Kelker Streets opened in June of 1990 for use by the children in our neighborhood as well as the children in our own programs. In the summer of 2006 a new equipment grant was received from the Ronald McDonald House Foundation.