Delray Beach, FL – An important milestone for The Milagro Foundation (“Milagro Center”) was celebrated today as the demolition started for the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Milagro Junior Teen Leadership Center, adding a  third location to their foundation.

The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Milagro Junior Teen Leadership Center will offer cultural arts and academic programs to economically disadvantaged junior teens aged 11 to 14 years old. The mission to build this center is to offer a special place of comfort and support for middle school children during after school hours and summer, when the threat of violence and gangs is at an extreme high.

Milagro Center recently launched a fundraising campaign for the new Junior Teen Leadership Center with the help of a challenge grant from Delray Beach residents Virginia and Harvey Kimmel. Additional funds are still needed for iPads, the new roof, computer equipment, security shutters, art tables, a new air conditioning system and musical instruments.

“For years, it has been our dream to build the center,” said Barbara Stark, Milagro Center’s President and CEO. “Once we achieve our goal and the facility is built out, area middle school students will be able to benefit from art, dance, music, technology, academic support, sports and mentoring programs. Most importantly, they will gain the camaraderie and confidence to grow into successful, self-driven adults.”

Today, the dream comes true. DPR Construction, who works with The Milagro Center regularly renovating and adding on to their current center as well as donating time to talk to the young adults about career options in the construction industry, is donating their time and resources to manage the project and perform demolition services. The entire South Florida office of DPR Construction (including admin) volunteered a full day work today and will continue tomorrow to demo the existing day care center to kick-off the renovation. The demolition includes removing popcorn ceiling, flooring finishes, cabinetry and walls. The full renovation will include a formal academic classroom, dance studio, music room, art studio and individual spaces for tutoring and mentoring. It also includes upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and new finishes.

DPR has donated countless hours, staff and resources. DPR was also able to get support from their trade partners who have provided in-kind and monetary donations to make this project happen including; Crawford Tracey Corporation, Farmer and Irwin, ION Electric, Southeastern Surfaces and Equipment, Keane Architectural Woodwork, O’Neill Brothers and Flooring and Mills and Nebraska.

About DPR Construction: DPR Construction (DPR) is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the healthcare, advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, higher education and commercial markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with offices around the country.

About Milagro Center: Milagro Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency whose mission is to enrich children’s lives through cultural arts, academic support and living values, benefiting both the children served and their families as well as the community.  Milagro Center’s vision is to be a center of inspiration that unites our society. The Center was established in 1997 housing art exhibits, outreach programs, and afterschool/summer camp programs for disadvantaged children. Since 2003, the Center has focused on providing superior arts education, academic enrichment, living values education, and mentoring for at-risk children, youth, and families living at or below the federal poverty level in South Florida. On site at the Milagro Center, disadvantaged children and youth experience art and academic enrichment daily in an environment that encourages creativity and learning. For more information, call 561-279-2970 or visit www.MilagroCenter.org.