Phillips Management Group Opens Community Enrichment Center

Posted By: Jon Lowder Blog,

On October 29 Phillips Management Group held a ribbon cutting for a new Community Enrichment Center that is the product of a partnership it formed with UNCG's Cetner for New North Carolinians and Cone Health's Congregational Nurse Program. The Center will serve PMG's Autumn Trace, Colonial, Empire Crossings and Willow Run Apartments communities. Here are more details from a press release about the event:

UNC Greensboro Center for New North Carolinians (UNCG CNNC), Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program, and Phillips Management Group (PMG) announced the opening of a new Community Enrichment Center that will bring a unique, innovative set of free nursing services, mental health resources, case management services, and community and education enrichment activities to adults and children living in four PMG-owned apartment communities in Greensboro.   

The Center will serve Autumn Trace, Colonial, Empire Crossings and Willow Run Apartments.  Phillips Management Group donated the use of a free-standing 3-bedroom home in the Autumn Trace Apartment community to house the Center.  The Center for New North Carolinians and the Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program will provide the services, which are free to residents.  These will include:

  • A nursing clinic
  • Mental health assessments and referrals
  • Educational support programs including after school homework help and classes in English as a Second Language, computer literacy, U.S. citizenship, cultural understanding
  • A range of employment and social services including case management
  • Educational support, tutoring, and computer access for community youth

“This is a tremendous example of the power of partnership in our community, and we are so honored to team up with UNCG and Cone Health to bring needed services to our residents in an innovative, affordable, meaningful way,” said Maria Barker, Phillips Management Group president. “For PMG, this represents a new approach to fulfilling our mission to positively impact society by fostering relationships, providing value, and enriching the lives of those we encounter.”

The Center builds on experience the UNCG CNNC has developed at several other sites in Greensboro that also serve North Carolina newcomers.  Phillips Management Group will market the center and its services to residents in the community through existing channels, including the communities’ online resident portals.

“This new opportunity perfectly fits our mission to help the newest members of our community navigate often complex systems and access the support they need to find their home and build a life in Greensboro,” said Lizzie Biddle, senior program coordinator at the CNNC.  “We have found that when services are offered directly in the communities where newcomers live and in the languages newcomers speak, they are more likely to successfully integrate and be contributing members of the broader community.”

Cone Health Foundation has funded a congregational nurse to provide community nursing resources. “Placing nurses within communities offers additional care and support beyond the walls of a doctor’s office or hospital. Nurses provide whole-person care focusing on the body, mind, and spirit of those we serve,” says Debbie Garwood, BSN, RN, coordinator of the Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program. “The community enrichment center model builds relationships and trust by allowing the nurse to be a part of the community. Being ‘right here with you’ is our commitment to our community.”