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Rainbow Village set to complete community center in early 2014

In this artist’s rendering, it shows the completed Rainbow Village community center. (Special Photo)

In this artist’s rendering, it shows the completed Rainbow Village community center. (Special Photo)

DULUTH — In the new year, the families who call Rainbow Village home will have a community center to call their own.

Rainbow Village is a Duluth-based organization that seeks to break the cycle of homelessness through a community-based transitional housing program that promotes self-sufficiency.

The community center is phase two of a three-phase capital campaign Rainbow Village started in 2010. The three-story, 21,000-square-foot center is now under construction and is expected to be completed by early 2014.

The $2.9 million community center will provide space for the organization’s after-school program, which is currently held at an area church, as well as an early childhood development center that will provide day care services for 60 children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old.

“We’re really excited about that part of it because we know that child care is one of the big barriers to overcoming homelessness, the lack of affordable, quality child care,” said Nancy Yancey, chief executive officer for Rainbow Village. “Now we can finally offer that to (our families) on a sliding scale.”

The facility will also provide space for training classes for children and adults, a media center, storage, a small chapel and a boutique where women and children can find slightly used or new clothing.

“So for the first time in our 22-year history, we will have the Family Service Center, the families living together and all of our programs on one site,” Yancey said. “It truly will be a village.”