Take the Tour

Check out the community center with our virtual 360 degree tour of the site. Follow the arrows to navigate from room to room and take a look around each space with the 360 degree photo features. Click on the information icons for a description of the services and programs that are operating (or will be!) in each space.

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Wood Shop

This space will allow people to channel their creativity in crafting bee boxes. A bee box is an enclosed structure where a colony of honeybees can live and build a honeycomb. The nectar collected by bees is broken down into simple sugars and stored in the honeycomb as honey. Constructing these bee boxes can help increase the bee population which can in turn have a positive impact on food supply as they pollenate crops and increase the yield of the crops. The production of these bee boxes  for use throughout Puerto Rico is  valuable in increasing crop yield and stimulating the local economies by creating a honey business for  residents.

Classes are structured to be taught by a woodworker five days a week for an hour each day, although this schedule is subject to change on a weekly basis depending on demand. Class organization includes a parent-child class in addition to individual sessions.

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Queen Bee Classroom

This space will serve as a classroom to learn about how to raise bees through "queening" and manage their own beehives. This is the process of finding and  introducing a queen bee into a new beehive, thus making other bees follow and populate the hive to produce honey. Teaching this process again, can  help increase the bee population which can in turn have a positive impact on food supply as they pollinate crops and increase the yield of the crops. The production of these bee boxes  for use throughout Puerto Rico is  valuable  in increasing crop yield and stimulating the local economies by creating a honey business for  residents.

Classes are structured to be taught five days a week for an hour each day, although this schedule is subject to change on a weekly basis depending on demand. The Karma Honey Project plans to purchase back the honey created by the students, to then redistribute.

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Cyber Library

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The cyber library is a space where community members can access guided technological assistance, an open library, and classes in finance and civil law taught by professionals in the field. The library will include bookshelves with​

books, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries, ​

encyclopedias, maps, etc. For community use. The library will be operated on the honor system with no library card necessary. The library will be supplied by donations, and people may "check out," return, and donate materials at their leisure. The cyber library will consist of 10 desktop computers, including one to serve as a backup system for the pharmacy and medical clinic to also contain the software.​

The library will be open to the public during the day for general access to the computers on a first come first serve basis. During the day, a volunteer staff member will be available to assist people with the use of computers. These volunteers will be able to assist with filling out government forms and paperwork online. ​

Educational classes will be offered in the evenings (i.e., from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., or 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) on an alternating schedule (i.e., one class on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, and a different class on Tuesdays & Thursdays). The programs offered will be finance classes and civil rights classes. The finance classes will be taught by accountants and volunteers with substantial knowledge on the subject. The civil law classes will be instructed by lawyers and volunteers with relevant experience. There will be no charge associated with these programs, however monetary donations will be accepted. The only requirement for courses will be registering for a seat in the class in advance.​

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Pharmacy

The center is complete with a pharmacy that will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday hours are reduced from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Business hours for the pharmacy will be extended to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays in the near future. The pharmacy includes access to both prescription and over the counter medications. All pharmaceutical services will be free to patients covered by Medicare health insurance. ​

The center is partnered with the Bienestar Health Group and GelyCan to provide pharmaceutical services. They have generously donated the fridges, computers, and software to operate the pharmacy.

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Medical Clinic

The center is complete with a medical clinic with urgent care services. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday hours will reduce from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The ultimate goal is to operate the medical clinic for urgent care services on a 24-hour basis. The clinic will also provide ambulance service to the clinic, and a physician is available to make home visits to those who are unable to commute to the community center. All medical services will be free to patients covered by Medicare health insurance. ​

The center is partnered with the Bienestar Health Group to provide medical services. They have generously donated the fridges, computers, and software to operate the pharmacy and clinic. We are very grateful to the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine for providing training for students to become doctors and nurse practitioners to staff the medical clinic.

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Refuge

The refugee space will be utilized to provide emergency shelter to community members during the event of a natural disaster. The refuge will also offer shelter to homeless community members or those without a place to stay for any reason. This space will be complete with twin beds and cots, showers with clean, running water, and restrooms with toilets and sinks in the adjacent building. ​

The refuge will be able to house approximately 20 guests at a time. The length of time that each person will be allotted to stay will be subject to circumstance. The refuge will provide necessary toiletries to the guests and clean clothing if necessary. The beds and cots will be made with fresh pillows and clean sheets and blankets upon each arrival and departure. For homeless residents, they will be permitted to take their pillow and blanket with them when they leave. ​

Guests will not be charged for their stay. The products provided to guests will be supplied by donations. If guests are able to contribute at the time of their stay or in the future, all donations are welcome. The refuge will be maintained by volunteers. 

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Kitchen

The kitchen will be utilized to prepare hot and cold meals from 8:00 a.m. to ~3:00 p.m. three or five days a week. Both hot and cold meals  will include healthy options prepared in the center's own kitchen by a professional kitchen staff. ​

The kitchen will be complete with refrigerators, ovens, stovetops, grills, and stainless-steel tables and countertops to put cooking equipment on and for food prep space. There is a pantry in the back of the kitchen that will have racks and shelves and to store food. Dishes will be hand-washed in large farm sinks, and a hot water tank will be used to ensure hot water is available for washing dishes. Both plastic and reusable silverware will be used, depending on the meals being served. Once food has been prepared, components of each meal will be stored in refrigerated and heated serving stations, similar to those in a buffet or at Subway. ​

There will be a dividing wall in between the kitchen and the café to mimic the atmosphere of a restaurant. 

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Café

The café is adding a twist to a typical soup kitchen. The community cafeteria is restaurant-style with the feel of a modern café where community members can come sit down, enjoy melas, and socialize. The café will have a waiting area, and different types of seating options to suit all patrons, from tables for two to family size tables, to high-top island tables with stool seating.​

Members of the community who are in dire financial situations will receive food vouchers that they may use at the café for meals served for breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner, served at regular times each day. Those who are not provided with vouchers may still convene at the café and enjoy a meal for a low cost of $3 to $5 per meal. The funds raised and donated through the purchase of these meals will be used toward purchasing groceries and the ingredients to sustain the kitchen to continue to provide meals. ​

Apart from the regularly provided meals, snacks and light refreshments will be available to those passing by or visiting the community center for other means. Twice a month, the café will serve free meals to all members of the community who are interested. 

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Emergency Preparations

This space will be used to offer classes in emergency preparations. Programs will include instruction in CPR, first aid, helicopter landing, construction vehicle operation, water treatment and purification, food preservation, emergency backpacks, and everything survival. ​

These programs and the supplies required for instruction will be provided by the Emergency Management Task Force. Programs will be offered on a need-based schedule.

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Honey Spinning Room

The honey spinning room will be a place for the honey produced by the bee boxes to be processed and made so that it is ready for packaging and distributing. This room will contain all of the necessary equipment required to do this process. ​Visitors and community members will be able to watch demonstrations on one side of a glass dividing wall, and then get dressed in the special protective gear and be able to take part in the process themselves.

This room will be run by a beekeeper employed by the Karma Honey Project on a need-to-use basis. Honey is normally Harvested 2-3 times per season so the frequency that the room will be used will based on the amount of beehives throughout the community.

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