U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Boston Celtics star Robert Parish attended the November 29th groundbreaking ceremony for Horizons for Homeless Children’s new Edgerley Community Children’s Center, which Chapman is building for the nonprofit organization on Columbus Avenue in Roxbury.
When completed in February 2006, the 10,000 sf facility will house a 50-child daycare and Horizons’ administrative offices. The center, designed by D.W. Arthur Associates Architects, is the latest project in Chapman’s 10+ year history with Horizons for Homeless Children. Chapman built the organization’s Jamaica Plain office in 1999.
The event featured short speeches from Sue Heilman, the Executive Director of Horizons for Homeless Children, Senator Kennedy, and Sandra Edgerley, a Horizons board member and major contributor to the project. Basketball Hall of Famer Robert Parish attended the event as a representative of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, a Horizons contributor. Chapman set up a “groundbreaking sandbox” for the event, which a group of Horizons children enjoyed digging in with both Senator Kennedy and Robert Parish.
Horizons for Homeless Children’s mission is to improve the lives of homeless children in Massachusetts by providing the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways. For more information about Horizons for Homeless Children, please visit their website.