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From the Zimmerman Community Center Board of Directors:
As a past supporter of the Zimmerman Community Center (ZCC), we wanted you to be among the first to know that we just completed an exciting transition. At the end of 2014, ZCC ceased to exist as a separate entity and started 2015 as part of Friendly House, which shares our vision of creating community in the rapidly growing Pearl neighborhood of Northwest Portland.
As some of you will recall, the ZCC concept started in 1995, with a bequest from Isobel Zimmerman, a lifelong Portland resident who taught math and science at Franklin High School. Miss Zimmerman's grandfather homesteaded in Fairview, when it was a rural area east of Portland. She lived all her life in the Victorian farmhouse he built and her father expanded, which is now a Gresham City Park and museum that preserves the 20th Century life of one pioneer family (Zimmerman Heritage Farm at 171st and Sandy Blvd).
Just as the Zimmermans were pioneers in East Multnomah County, so the Zimmerman Community Center was a pioneer in the River District, when it was just horse barns, rail yards and warehouses. As The Pearl grew up around us, we served the community first out of an office in Union Station, then sequentially in rented storefronts on Lovejoy, Hoyt and 10th Avenue, while we looked for a partner and permanent home. During those years, ZCC was guided by a talented and dedicated Board of Directors and ably led by Executive Directors Patricia Rumer, George Meier, and Nancy Davis, with Kristina Smock as strategic and tactical consultant.
In February 2011 we moved into a permanent home on the ground floor of The Ramona, an affordable family apartment building on NW 14th and Quimby. Kris Moore succeeded Nancy Davis as Executive Director. Ed McNamara, our landlord, was a very supportive partner, as we provided programming for the families in the Ramona and the surrounding neighborhood.
Over the years, we've sponsored community gardens, and offered Isobel's Clubhouse for preschoolers and their adults, after school ping pong and chess for middle schoolers, drama classes with the NW Children's Theater, and adult activities like yoga and Creative Outlet. Most recently we offered the popular After School Activities Program (ASAP) for the children from the Ramona and the Early Learner's Academy, a Portland Public Schools program also housed in The Ramona. When our center was not in use, it was available to rent by outside groups, like the Italian Preschool, and by families for birthday parties and other celebrations.
Friendly House, a non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency located at NW 26th and Savier, has a long history of serving families, children and adults in NW Portland. For 85 years, they have offered quality educational, recreational and other life-sustaining services for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Friendly House will now expand into The Ramona to serve the growing population around the Pearl. Initially, they expect to offer a toddler play group, exercise classes for all ages, support and education for older adults, after school enrichment classes for school age kids, and more, depending on interest and need. (See below for the link to an interest survey by Friendly House.) The facility will also be available for rent, when Friendly House programs are not being offered. To learn more, you are invited to attend an Open House at the community center (now called Friendly House in the Pearl) on Saturday January 31, from noon - 3 pm. It will be a family-friendly event with a musical puppet show by Red Yarn.
Two former members of the ZCC board will ease the transition by serving on the Friendly House board. We know you will be interested in following the progress of Friendly House in the Pearl and perhaps responding to opportunities to become involved in their ongoing mission "building community, one friend at a time!"
Thank you for all the past support you have provided for ZCC and our programs. It has been a pleasure to serve you and the community for 20 years!
Friendly House wants your input. Please complete their survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FHP_NA15.
Kim Sordyl, Chair,
and the ZCC Board of Directors