||History and Mission of Organization
Trinity Memorial Church, located at 22nd and Spruce Street in Center
City, has served as a valuable community resource for more than
125 years. Over the past two decades, the social, cultural and educational
programs organized under Trinity's leadership expanded significantly
to meet the increasing needs of a diverse neighborhood. A fire that
destroyed 60% of the church building in 1994 galvanized the community
into action, and put in place long-awaited plans to enhance the
facility as a community center. Spaces were adapted to serve a number
of needs, including the need for additional performance space in
the neighborhood. At the present time, 95% of the use of the building
is for community-related activities and events; it is through the
non-sectarian Board of Trinity Center that this use is managed by
and for the community.
Scope of New Renovations:
The 1994 Master Plan addressed the basic necessities required to reopen the space to the public, including flexible seating, air conditioning, lighting and sound.
The current capital campaign is raising money to address additional renovations originally called for the 1994 plan. These include more restroom facilities to accommodate large audiences, handicapped-accessible entrance to the Great Hall and the offices/school building, and improvements in the homeless shelter including a new men's room and a renovated kitchen.