‘Empowering Our Community:’ Learning Center with Garden, Hydroponics in Parramore

ORLANDO, Florida. – A pink house seen on W. Washington Street in the Parramore community will soon be known as the Ms. Betty Resilience Hub Learning Center.

According to Lawana Gelzer of the Community Equity Project, it’s a place that will help get results for children and adults.

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“It’s for Orange County, but especially for underserved communities. We are the last to receive, but we need it the most,” Gelzer said.

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Gelzer explained that the project started with her mother, Betty, who donated the property in an effort to make a difference.

The learning center will have a library, conference room, pantry and kitchen.

Outside, kids will have the opportunity to grow greens through a community garden and grow their own food using an outhouse meant for hydroponics.

“What we do is we empower our community, so now you have servers going, people who will be there. People from the community who will be there,” Gelzer said.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, but the learning center is expected to officially open in two weeks.

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