EDINBURG – Hidalgo County Precinct 4 commissioner Joseph Palacios snipped the ribbon to officially open the newly built endowment center in San Carlos.
After three years of planning the endowment center will open its doors as a facility serving communities between Edinburg and Edcouch with educational seminars, classes and social activities for the entire family.
Palacios addressed his own family's struggles while he was growing up which inspired him to do more for the constituents of precinct four.
“We were a migrant family, that's how we started,” Palacios said. “We came from humble beginnings and [our parents] taught us to never give up, to always believe, get educated and serve.”
Palacios admitted many in attendance come from humble beginnings between Edinburg and Edcouch.
But he told them to remember dreams can come true.
“You've just got to work and for what it's worth, a lesson I learned, no matter what you do never, ever give up.”
In the long run the commissioner hopes the endowment center will help people get a leg up and break the poverty cycle and better lives.
While the endowment center is open to the public construction is underway for an 80-acre community park with plans to open in 2018.
Amenities will include walking trails, exercise stations, educational marquees, picnic shelters and memorial structures to honor those who served the country and community.
Andrea Valdez, county coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife said the endowment center represents a grand collaboration with multiple entities all striving towards the goal of improving the quality of life.
The CEO for the Boys & Girls Club echoed Valdez by promising academic success.
“We promise to continue to provide quality youth development programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and civic engagement to advance the community of San Carlos,” Sabrina Walker-Hernandez said.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will offer career planning and G.E.D. Classes so students do not have to drive to the main campus.
The endowment center is located 107 N. Sunflower Rd.