Community center opening in Northwest Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) An old firehouse in Northwest Roanoke is now a community center.

The Peacemakers has taken over. Wednesday, they'll be showing it off to the public.

They are a nonprofit. Their goal is the bring peace and conflict resolution to neighborhoods, making them a safe place to live. Every Sunday they go door to door in various neighborhoods, speaking with people about what they need. The group tries to be a proactive force and deterrent for violence. The center will have a computer center, and the group plans to partner with other groups like the Goodwill and Melrose Development Center.

Shawn Hunter, The Peacemakers Inc., said, “People shouldn't have to go outside their community to seek help or look for resources. We have everything right here in uptown Northwest Roanoke, so we're going to work together, and partner with other organizations to make some things happen. Right here in Northwest.”

The Peacemakers' goal is to live our their name, make all of Roanoke a decent place to live, providing conflict resolution and connecting people to community resources.

Mayor Sherman Lea said, "The point I always want to make, no one entity can do it alone. I think it's important that we as a community assume personal responsibility. This is exactly what I'm talking about. People coming together to do what they can do to help the community."

The doors of the center will open up Wednesday. The group welcomes the public to come a tour the space from 10 to 3pm.

Then later Wednesday evening there will be a fundraising dinner starting around 6pm. There will be food and a presentation on the future plans for this center.