Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald The founder of Proyecto Juan Diego, Sister Phylis Peters, third from left, shovels dirt with Brownsville Diocese Auxiliary Bishop Mario Alberto Avila, second from left, on Thursday morning along with other Brownsville dignitaries during a groundbreaking ceremony at the future home of Proyecto Juan Diego's community center in Brownsville.
After 15 long years, Proyecto Juan Diego celebrated a significant milestone Thursday morning in a dusty lot in Cameron Park.
A long-awaited, two-story community center designed with the goal of serving Cameron Park and Brownsville will become a reality in nine to 12 months in one of the city’s poorest areas to bring social services to the doorsteps of those in need.
Brownsville Diocese Auxiliary Bishop Mario Alberto Avilés said the community center will serve the people of God.
“The work that the sisters do here is very important, because they are helping the poorest of the poor overcome the difficulties in their lives,” Avilés said, before opening the groundbreaking ceremony with a prayer, asking for wisdom and help as the project moves forward.
The new community center has long been a necessity for Proyecto Juan Diego, which has made a positive impact in Cameron Park and in surrounding communities, resulting in growth and demand for the organization’s services.