Youth Center Transformed by Clarkston United Methodist Church

Over 100 volunteers from Clarkston United Methodist Church came to Baldwin Center to transform its youth spaces.  Photo courtesy of ImagesbyRonCard

Last week the Baldwin Center was overwhelmed by the wonderful volunteers of the Clarkston United Methodist Church.  This week long mission trip, The Adult Righteous Mission Trip, involved nearly 100 members of the Clarkston congregation.  The group gathered at the church for breakfast and prayer then headed to Baldwin to get to work.

This effort was led by Jeff Smallek who divided the crew to work on different spaces.  One group transformed two classroom and tutoring spaces with whiteboards, fresh paint, tutoring supplies and creative art to make warm and inviting spaces.

New bookshelves, imaginative decorations and new storage create an inviting African experience in the library.

Another group transformed the library to create a African savannah with all new book shelves, stuffed animal heads on the wall, storage spaces and individual computer stations.

The indoor recreation space now has new flooring, new ceiling, additional storage and a new paint job.

The third group transformed the indoor recreation space with new flooring, new paint, storage spaces and a redesigned ceiling.

The outdoor space was transformed with a new pavilion, a concrete pad, updated basketball hoops and landscaping.

The final group transformed the outdoor playground area: trimming trees, adding a concrete pad, creating a pavilion and updating the basketball nets.

The work was celebrated with a block party with games, a bounce house, snow cones and hot dogs.

The new facility was ready for the families for the registration open house on Friday evening and in order to celebrate a block party was held for the neighborhood.  A bounce house, snow cones and hot dogs were served to over 150 people.

Thank you Clarkston United Methodist Church for providing a warm, inviting, and enriching environment for our children to come to every day for academic support, enriching activities and most importantly, love.

65 children are enrolled in Baldwin’s eight week summer enrichment camp.

The summer academic season began Monday June 24th with 65 rising first graders through rising 6th graders.  This full day program has certified teachers, enriching afternoon activities, one one one tutoring and field trips every Friday and will run for eight weeks.   Many of the older children will also have the opportunity to spend a week in northern Michigan at Camp Kinawind.  This year Baldwin has teamed up with the YMCA and Camp Phoenix to operate the program.  For more information contact Lauren Fuller, youth director at 248.332.6101 or

Photos courtesy of ImagesbyRonCard

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