Since the Winchester Community Center was inaugurated last summer, the community’s transformation has been remarkable. A fenced playground, a soccer field, a sturdy, bright blue building in the center of the neighborhood, have become a magnet and generator of social activity.
Once known for its lack of infrastructure and services, Winchester Heights now hosts a wide variety of activities at the new community center.
On Saturday April 27th, Winchester Heights residents gathered at the Burris Children’s Memorial Park to plant agave, corn, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables. They planted seedlings in pots, beginning the community’s plans to start a community garden. The agave plants were donated by Jane Williamson-Davenport, FNP-C, who works in the Chiricahua Mobile Clinic, providing health care services to the community. The initiative to start a community garden in Winchester Heights is funded by a Community Food Bank Punch Woods Endowment Grant. Continue reading
Thanks to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, SEAHEC has been able to install refrigeration and cabinetry in the Winchester Community Center. Completed in November, 2018, the additional infrastructure will not only increase availability of fresh food and nutrition information in the community. It will also bolster the overall sustainability of the Center. One of SEAHEC’s chief goals in helping the residents of Winchester Heights to build a community center was to create public health supporting infrastructure in this isolated community. One outcome is improved service delivery access points for our community partners. Another outcome is improved organizational capacity that will enable residents to collaborate on projects to increase overall health and well-being in this community. “On both counts, the generous support of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has led to resounding success, ” said SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick. While the addition of refrigeration, cabinets and counter tops will enable the Food Bank to deliver fresh food and implement programming to improve health and nutrition, the new infrastructure will also provide increased organizational support to this emerging community assistance organization. Part of the community’s sustainability plan for the Center includes charging a user fee… Continue reading
On Friday October 12th the Chiricahua Mobile Clinic, operated by Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) parked next to Winchester Community Center for the first time, serving the residents of Winchester Heights and the surrounding area. Jane Williamson-Davenport, the mobile clinic coordinator, and her team of health practitioners provided medical services for patients. Continue reading