Prosperity Gardens gets new building

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) —  A non-profit which employs teenagers is turning the old Champaign Police evidence building into its new headquarters.

Prosperity Gardens bought the old building from the city for one dollar.

The non-profit gives job opportunities to high school students. They’re paid to develop work skills in the garden. They sell the produce at farmers markets and partner with organizations to provide food to people who qualify as low-income. But they’ve outgrown the space and wanted to expand. 

Nicole Musumeci says, “This building is going to allow Prosperity Gardens to have an address, and that’s a big thing for a non-profit organization. It’s going to give us the opportunity to have office space, to have some meeting space, but most importantly, to have program support space.”  

Construction has started to repair the building. It’ll cost about $180,000. They’ve raised around $20,000 but say they need the community’s help to finish the project.

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