“It’s running up to them and saying listen, I know you have a need, and I will be there for you. I will help you push through, and help you become that somebody I know you can become." -Fitzgerald Grant
At the Sanford Center, we strive to offer services and programs that build character in children and youth. We also assist families with community issues and challenges they face. We believe the foundation for character building is practicing and modeling the common good. We do this by becoming personally involved in the lives of children and their families. We serve them as if they were members of our family.
The Sanford Center serves the community through several programs and services in support of its mission to build character in youth. Having the community center and these services in place make outreach efforts more successful.
When it comes to building community at the Sanford Center, Executive Director Fitz Grant believes it starts with finding those individuals who are in need.
“It’s running up to them and saying listen, I know you have a need, and I will be there for you. I will help you push through, and help you become that somebody I know you can become. That’s what we want to do at this agency. Make people believe they can do anything they want to. We do that by spending time with them and building them up. One person at a time, one conversation at a time, one visit at a time, we build them up.”
The Sanford Center is an agency comprised of a well-trained staff who are passionate about building relationships and leaving a fingerprint on the lives of kids and their families. We provide services and continue to develop new and existing community partnerships in order to meet the needs of those we serve.
Director of Programming
On Oct. 13, 1933, a meeting was held by the Booster Men's Club to inform the public and dedicate the name of an organization for a social center to meet the needs of minority people in Siouxland. This led to the establishment of the Booker T. Washington Community Center under the direction of Executive Director Elzona Trosper. In the following years, Arthur and Stella Sanford became very involved in the minority community. Because of their commitment, the center was renamed the Sanford Center in 1951. From that point, many lives would be changed and the community would never be the same.
1700 Geneva St.
Sioux City, IA 51103