Saint Paul School of Theology is pleased to announce that the sale of the Truman Road Campus to Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is finalized.
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is the longest continuously operating organization serving Latinos in the United States. It was established in 1919. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Latino communities of Greater Kansas City. They provide early childhood, secondary, preparatory and adult educational programs; facilitate access to health and social services for all ages; promote and provide Latino cultural enrichment events; and sponsor social activities that engage diverse communities. Their high school, Alta Vista Charter School, was voted 2013 Missouri Charter School of the Year by the Missouri Charter Public School Association. For a full description of their many services go to http://www.guadalupecenters.org.
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. plans to use the Truman Road property to support individuals in the Northeast and East Side neighborhoods of Kansas City. They plan to offer a wide range of programs and services that will include, but are not limited to:
- A Charter Elementary and Middle School
- After school programming for school-aged children
- K-12 Summer School
- Early Childhood Education Center
- Culinary Arts Training (using the professional –grade Holter Center kitchen)
- Adult Education/Job Training
- Family Support Services
- Event and Institutional catering services and facility (using Dunlap Hall and the Kresge Chapel, for weddings)
Acting President Kevin LaGree noted the connection between the missions of Guadalupe Centers and Saint Paul, "The land at Truman Road and Van Brunt Boulevard, which I will always consider to be holy ground, will continue to be occupied by an organization that strives to heal wounds, change lives, and offer new hope to people, especially people presently on the margins of society. Even better, Guadalupe Center has the resources and the experience to provide services, opportunities, and training to the neighborhood and the people who make their homes and their livings there in ways which Saint Paul could not."
Saint Paul Board of Trustees chair Twila Glenn was thankful that the board had achieved its primary goal when it looked for a buyer for the property. "The transfer of Saint Paul's Truman Road property to Guadalupe Centers reflects our desire to ensure an on-going, positive use for this property that has served us so well for over half a century. But even more important, the purposes to which Guadalupe Centers will be putting this sacred space are consistent with our aspirations for this area. We have consistently held before ourselves the needs of the community and have been intent on finding a use for this property that was compatible with that aspiration. Guadalupe Centers will be a fine addition to this Northeast Kansas City neighborhood, and we are delighted to have been able to facilitate their arrival at Truman Road," she said.
Saint Paul School of Theology would especially like to thank Board member John Ballard III for his experience, dedication and commitment to the sale of the property.