Background of Heritage Center
Written by Administrator
The Summit Hill Heritage Center is located in the former St. Paul's United Church of Christ on the corner of Hazard and Chestnut Streets in Summit Hill, PA. The congregation unfortunately closed the church in the fall of 2007 due to a lack of membership. It was a sad end to one of the oldest churches in Summit Hill, but its remaining members had a vision of new life for the building. They believed the building still had a vital role to play in the community and worked diligently for the past two years to lay the groundwork for the Heritage Center.
Finally in the fall of 2009, a new Board of Directors was formed to bring that vision to fruition and provide the area with a public place where people can meet and hold events to enrich and benefit the community. In addition, our chief concern was with ensuring the Summit Hill Food Pantry which is servicing over 140 families has a home and a base of operations. We began the process of obtaining official non-profit status and hope to have the final paperwork soon. The building is already being used by the community for church rentals, Thanksgiving eve services, Lunch with Santa and other functions. Besides a full sanctuary that can also be used for a 200 hundred seat meeting hall/event venue, there are three multipurpose rooms that can be open or closed, a full kitchen and banquet facilities for up to 150-175 people in the basement as well as an office suite that can be used in the rear. The electrical service has already been updated and we have added to blower/heaters in the multi-purpose rooms to more efficiently control the heating of the upstairs.
We look forward to continuing to renovate and improve the space with the support of the area. While the building is called the Summit Hill Heritage Center, it is open to everyone in the Panther Valley area. We will be launching a membership drive in the next few months and will announce the program and its benefits here shortly. All of the funds we raise go directly into maintaining and supporting the building so the food pantry can remain open and servicing the community.