Historic 220 Golden Gate to be Named Kelly Cullen Community
January 14, 2012|
On March 11, 2011 at TNDC’s 30th Anniversary Dinner, Executive Director Don Falk announced that the TNDC Board of Directors voted to name the former Central YMCA located at 220 Golden Gate Avenue after Brother Kelly Cullen.
Built in 1908, the former Central YMCA is a historic nine-story building located on the corner of Golden Gate and Leavenworth Avenues in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Construction is underway and includes substantial rehabilitation and historic preservation, of a historic auditorium, lobby, atrium, mezzanine and grand entry staircase.
Set to open in 2012, Kelly Cullen Community will provide housing to 172 formerly homeless people and will be home to a Department of Public Health Medical and Wellness Clinic. In addition to these services, the historic theater and common spaces at Kelly Cullen Community, including a library and roof garden, will provide social activities and recreational opportunities for residents of the Tenderloin.
Kelly dedicated his life to providing the people of the Tenderloin with opportunities for a brighter future. His boundless energy and natural leadership helped grow TNDC’s base of philanthropic support and political influence. Kelly’s passion for the poor, fierce pride in the Tenderloin, and his drive to see TNDC provide a comprehensive set of services lives on at TNDC. The Kelly Cullen Community will honor his legacy as a unique community gathering place, and will be a living embodiment of the values so important to Kelly.