Thanks to the enthusiastic support of Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, and assistance from her wonderful staff, SMILE has been awarded a $250,000 grant to rehabilitate the SMILE Station (SE 13th/Tenino).
Our beloved building exists today because years ago City leaders and neighborhood volunteers worked together to turn the former fire station into a community resource. Since then the SMILE Station has hosted hundreds of community meetings, neighborhood events and family celebrations. In recent years the old building has started to show its age with a leaking roof, basement flooding and inadequate HVAC. This generous grant will fund needed upgrades to ensure the SMILE Station remains a place for civic engagement and an affordable community gathering space for years to come.
Stand by for more news and, of course, a post-construction celebration!