DAVIDSON – The Ada Jenkins Center is preparing to provide a new series of High School Equivalency (HSE) classes. The HSE program (previously referred to as General Education Diploma) is offered free to adults from the north Mecklenburg area.

An informational session about the class will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the center, 212 Gamble St. in Davidson. The session will provide details about how the classes work and what is required for enrollment. Details are available by contacting Mary Shoaf at mary.shoft@cpcc.edu or by calling 704-896-0471, ext. 148.

The Ada Jenkins Center’s mission is to help people in Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville create lasting solutions for health, education and economic stability. For more than two decades, the center has served north Mecklenburg with a “one-stop shop” model designed to enable those served to save time and money by receiving essential services under one roof.

Core services include a free medical clinic, free mobile dental clinic, food pantry, case management, financial assistance, workforce development and housing, as well as education services for adults and children.

Last year, the Ada Jenkins Center provided services for nearly 3,000 individuals and families.

Community backing

The center relies on support from the community to fund services and programs. In early June, the facility received a $314,375 commitment from the United Way of Central Carolinas, which came about a month after the 2019 Ada Jenkins Center Gala raised more than $150,000 to support client-partner services.

At the 13th annual fundraising gala, held at the Huntersville Recreation Center on Verhoeff Drive, nearly 250 people from the Lake Norman region came together to celebrate the center’s mission and successes. The event, presented by Novant Health and celebrating a “Timeless Glamour” theme, raised $155,000.

“We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to our sponsors, supporters, elected officials, board members, volunteers and staff for making the gala a huge success,” said Georgia Krueger, the center’s executive director. “Thanks to their generosity, we have more capacity to serve our client-partners – whether they need short-term access to services or are able to continue along the Investment Pathway program for a multi-generational approach to long-term economic stability.”

The gala included a live auction featuring auctioneer Randy Lignon, and a silent auction that included a chef’s table dining experience at Kindred and a cooking experience with chef Jennifer Brule. Food was provided by Bouk Catering, the Shades of Brown band provided entertainment and Aquesta Bank sponsored a photo booth.

During the evening’s festivities, Mrs. North Carolina Phaedra Pistone crowned the “King” and “Queen” of the night, Mike Riley and his daughter, Wendy.

Plans are in progress for the 2020 gala, which will adopt “The Roaring Twenties” as its theme. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available for that event, scheduled for March. For details, contact Mardee Woodward at mardee.woodward@adajenkins.org or call 704-896-0471, ext. 146. 

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