Hundreds Gather for Grand Opening of Eurma C. Hayes Community Center | New

CARBONDALE, IL (WSIL) – Two years after the doors of a community center closed, residents are celebrating its reopening.

“God, we thank you for the Eurma Hayes Center, we thank you for this building, we thank you for what you are going to do with this building and for helping our people throughout this community.”

Carbondale town officials and community leaders along with families in and out of town held a rededication.

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The center is cherished by many and visitors expressed their gratitude for the services it provided before the closure.

Kathryn Harris, daughter of Eurma C. Hayes, spoke at today’s ceremony.

She says the center is back to its glory days.

“Being here today took me back in time, I had forgotten the size of the building and all the different parts that are going to be in it, and were in it when it first opened, and it It’s just a blessing to see he’s coming back, like a Phoenix, so to speak.” said Harris.

Harris, a retired librarian, adds that she would like to see a public library branch in the center.

The renovations took months and now include a new computer lab, education center and life skills classes.

Jill E. Washington