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Former Frear Federal Building Experiences New Life
Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Sara Manzano-Diaz recently joined Governor Jack Markell and Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston to celebrate the opening of Wesley College's new Health Sciences Building in Dover, DE. The 36,000 square-foot former J. Allen Frear Federal Building went through the GSA Disposal Process and the deed was granted to Wesley College through a Department of Education Public Conveyance. The education center is dedicated to an expanded nursing and health sciences program. The clinical lab space has more than tripled and the facility has four classrooms that include the latest technology. GSA’s transfer of the building in 2012 is in support of the President’s 2010 Memorandum, Disposing of Unneeded Federal Real Estate. The transfer is a win-win for GSA and Wesley College, and an excellent example of federal, state and local government working together for the good of the community.
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GSA Partners with Youth Service, Inc. for Annual Holiday Giving Trees at Philadelphia Federal Buildings
Over the last several years, GSA Building Managers Pam Pollard, Tom Rufo, and Nancy Wilkinson, have partnered with Youth Service, Inc. (YSI), to host annual Holiday Giving Trees at the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse and William J. Green Federal Building federal complex and U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, PA.
Youth Service, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has provided immediate shelter and support services to Philadelphia’s children, youth and families for over 60 years. YSI reaches more than 5,000 clients annually, the majority of whom live below the poverty level.
Each year, GSA places a holiday giving tree in the main lobbies of the Byrne Green federal complex and U.S. Custom House, filled with gift tags for people in need. Tenants provide gifts, which YSI distributes to their clients.
The tree is popular with federal tenants, and was an overwhelming success in 2013:
- Gifts were provided to 17 local families, including 57 children
- Gifts were also given to 30 teens at local shelters
For more information on Youth Service Inc., visit www.ysiphila.org.