Prince George’s County Alumnae Transforms Children’s Center in Emergency Shelter

Submitted by Nykisha Cleveland

The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) began the countdown to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. To commemorate this golden anniversary, PGCAC launched “50 Favorite Things,” an initiative to perform 50 acts of community service throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland, in addition to their regular chapter programs and events.

One of the first projects included a makeover and reopening of the United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) After Care Center for young children housed in the Shepherd’s Cove Emergency Shelter for women and children. The After Care center provides children that reside at the shelter with a safe place that would allow them to play freely, decrease stress and anxiety, and improve their study skills while
encouraging and supporting the mothers.

On Oct. 19, 2023, sorors rolled up their sleeves to assemble furniture, hang artwork, and install flooring to help make the aftercare room inviting and warm for the children. The highlight of the makeover was the design and completion of the Zen Room — a unique space designed to allow children to have a fun, safe, and comfortable respite as well as a calming place to re-center when having a challenging moment. It’s also a place that will allow parents time for a break. 

The chapter donated $5,000 towards the makeover.  During a ribbon cutting ceremony, the room was dedicated in the chapter’s name with a memorable plaque.

Over the next several months, the chapter will launch more service initiatives and projects that will enhance the health, wellness and economic stability of Prince George’s County and its residents.

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