Cake for the Grand Opening of Bwernai House
Bwernai House Grand Opening
The cake served at the grand opening of Bwerani House, a village house operated by Dedra Jenkins and her mother, Christine McClendon, beginning in 2000. The Center for Drug Free Living sponsored the grand opening, and they set up tents, sports, and Uno in the backyard. In Swahili, "Bwerani" means "Come (You Are Welcome)," which is what is written on the cake. The village house provided a place for children ages 10 to 18 to go after school, in hopes that they would not get involved with drugs. Jenkins taught the young men and women about communication, cleaning, cooking, and relationships, much of it based on Biblical principles. She also helped them complete craft projects, such as baking soda volcanoes and making candy apples. Children were also welcomed at the Bwerani House on weekends. In 2009, when the youngest attendees became adults and McClendon became ill, Jenkins discontinued services at Bwerani House.
Original 4 x 6 inch color photograph by Dedra Jenkins, February 2000: Private Collection of Dedra Jenkins.
Is Format Of
Digital reproduction of original 4 x 6 inch color photograph, February 2000.
Is Part Of
Parramore Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
4 x 6 inch color photograph
Bwernai House, Holden-Parramore, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Originally owned by Dedra Jenkins.
Copyright to this resource is held by Dedra Jenkins and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.
Parramore History Harvest
Private Collection of Dedra Jenkins
Thompson, Geraldine Fortenberry. Orlando Florida. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.
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