Monday morning at about 11:30 there were dignitaries aplenty at the Central Baptist Church in Wilmington’s East Side. Senators, city councilmen, mayors, cabinet secretaries, business leaders, and even Gov. Jack Markell were there to say kind words about an $18 million USDA Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Grant.
Had you thrown a rock, you would have hit a mover and shaker.
All took their turns at the microphone on the lectern, in the front of basement’s makeshift gathering area; complete with row upon row of white metal folding chairs.
It was a big deal and frankly should be, but there was something else almost no one noticed.
In the back of the room just off to the left of brown exit double doors, there is a small light blue room, with a royal blue plaque just to the right of the door. It says, “Wilda Mae Hutt Resource Center.”
The resource center is both functional and symbolic.
The center is a safe place where residents from the East Side can conduct job searches, get resume prep and interview coaching from church volunteers. But it just didn’t spring into existence overnight.
It represents the partnerships Central Baptist Church has cultivated over the past couple of years.
The Church volunteers were trained by staff of the Delaware Workforce Investment Board over a six month period. Computers were refurbished over several more months thanks to the Delaware Skills Center. And, like I said, volunteers came from the neighborhood. And on it went.
So while all the hubbub of Monday’s celebration was important and appropriate, I wonder if the little resource room in the back of the basement, away from the limelight, doesn’t deserve its own round of applause.