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American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space

Compass Community Services hired Gelfand to transform an older structure into its Tenderloin Childcare Center (TLC). Formerly housed in the basement of a YMCA, TLC provides a preschool and full-day childcare for homeless and formerly homeless children. Kids get three meals a day. Play therapy is available. TLC also offers parents a wide range of options, including on-site vocational counseling, drug treatment, and apartment placement. The center puts great emphasis on parenting and coping skills so that abuse is mitigated during time of crisis…