House at 12th and Summit Dedicated, Named (Includes Video Clip)
October 15, 2008
Sioux Falls Seminary hosted an open house and dedication for its building at 12th Street and Summit Avenue on Friday, October 17. The building is now named Summit House - A Bridging Ministry in the Heart of Sioux Falls and is located at Summit House, 333 S. Summit Avenue.
During a press conference with Mayor Dave Munson in May, Sioux Falls Seminary unveiled its plan to help restore a sense of pride to the Pettigrew Heights neighborhood and bring hope to its residents. Through the purchase of the former Summit Oaks Center at 12th and Summit, the seminary is providing students with a unique, firsthand learning experience. Summit House provides affordable housing to students who are, in return, spending at least five hours per week reaching out to and serving in Pettigrew Heights. Four students (and one spouse) have already moved into the building and are listening to the needs of residents. Additional students will be moving in this spring.
Under the direction of Jay Moon, SFS Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, and Tim Olsen, Summit House Operations Director, the goals of the project are to help revitalize Pettigrew Heights, to act as a bridge that connects churches, residents, city government, and the wider community, and to provide students with valuable, hands-on learning experiences. An advisory team is helping to establish the project within the community. Members include: Jason Klein, Seminary CFO; Carolyn Downs, former director of The Banquet; Darrel Bartell, local Realtor and SFS Trustee; Bill Bates, Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls; Russ Sorenson, SF City Planning Office; John Kittelson, First Lutheran Church representative, and Danielle Heider, RSArchitects.
For more information, contact the seminary by calling 605.336.6588 or click here.
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Seminary History in Pettigrew Heights:
Over the last two years, Sioux Falls Seminary and its students have been investing significant time within Pettigrew Heights. The area has already been the setting for several classes including a homeless immersion experience. Students and staff have also devoted time in the neighborhood by planting flowers and gardens, raking yards, picking up garbage, and winterizing homes.