When a devastating storm caused a half-million dollars’ damage to the facilities of Mishawaka’s Heroes Camp, Career Academy South Bend opened its facilities–and its heart–to the organization. According to a South Bend Tribune article published July 19, 2014, the Heroes Camp is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization committed to fostering strong Christian values in young men. Coached basketball is used as a discipline-building activity, as volunteers and employees concentrate on strengthening the father-son relationship. 150-200 youth attend the camp daily during the summer months.
“The facilities are not too shabby either. The charter school is renowned for its design–the best in the country, according to Addie.”
According to the article, Heroes Camp director P.J. Perri said after the roof blew off of their Hickory Road gymnasium causing extensive water damage, he did not expect to find a suitable facility to carry-on the camp at a reasonable cost. Then CASB and its Development Director Chad Addie stepped-in, offering use of the charter school’s facilities to Heroes Camp free of charge. Within ten days the camp was up-and-running again to serve Michiana’s youth.
Addie is quoted as saying: “It wasn’t even a second thought to have them come into our building. This is what we do–help our community.” The Tribune goes on to report, “The facilities are not too shabby either. The charter school is renowned for its design–the best in the country, according to Addie.”
We applaud our good friends at Career Academy South Bend for reaching-out to Heroes Camp, and we’re pleased and proud to have played a pivotal role in creating a building that benefits our entire community every day in new and unanticipated ways. Transformed from a former Citigroup data output facility originally designed and built by Panzica, the Career Academy offers innovative, tuition-free project-based learning opportunities to more than 400 students. On track with its master plan, CASB has recently added fifth and sixth grade classes to its former 7-12 curriculum model. For more about the school and enrollment information, click here to visit CASB’s web site.