A year after opening its doors, the Hyde Park/LEARN Family Service Center formally debuted in the community with its Community Health and Resource Fair, held recently on the campus of Hyde Park Elementary School.
The five-hour event attracted about 1,500 people, said center director Muriel Bragg. Reflecting the center's holistic approach to community health, the fair featured about 50 participating public and private agencies, including Los Angeles Unified School District's mental health unit, Youth Intervention Project, Crenshaw-Dorsey Adult School, the Hyde Park Library and several county agencies.
The center, the first of its kind in the school district, opened last year in a row of bungalows on the campus of Hyde Park Elementary School, which is one of the Los Angeles Unified School District's pioneering LEARN schools. Staffed by parents and volunteers, it operates as a clearinghouse for many public and private agencies that help families with everything from medical care and day-care to family counseling and gang intervention.
Bragg said the Hyde Park community, which has one of the highest Latino populations of all the areas that make up the predominantly black Crenshaw district, has particular need for the center's services. Exposing the public to the availability of those services, she said, was the fair's primary goal.