Smith-Williams Service Center
The Smith-Williams Service Center, located in the Bond Community, was dedicated by Mayor Hurley Rudd and the City of Tallahassee on October 11, 1981. It was named in the honor of Elder Owen Smith and Mrs. Lucile Williams, whose visions were to provide social service and meeting space for the Bond Community citizens.
A neighborhood multi-purpose facility, the center facilitates access to human and social services in the areas of health, education, culture and technology. The center offers youth, teens, adults and senior citizens programming, family services, groups meeting space, lease space and volunteerism opportunities. The center also seeks to provide intergenerational programming services to Bond and Southside communities' citizens.
Smith-Williams Service Center's goals and objectives are to provide comprehensive and challenging intergenerational programs and services such as seminars, workshops, physical fitness wellness, arts & crafts, musicals, socials, outings, and academic and enrichment activities that improve and strengthen the youth, teen, adult, and senior quality of life.
Hours of Operation
- Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Full Class Schedule
Programs and services:
- Computer Learning & Technology Center - This is an intergenerational learning resource center that serves as a technological educational resource facility, a family institute, and a workforce-development training center. It has partnerships with schools, community groups, universities, and faith-based organizations to facilitate the learning processes between home and school.
- After-School Enrichment Program - Monday - Friday, 3:00 - 5:30pm
This program provides afterschool enrichment for K-5th grades students. While the primary emphasis is on academic enhancements, youth also enjoy arts and crafts, cultural awareness, music, performing arts, and other exciting venues of personal expression. The After-School Enrichment Program is a partnership with Leon County Title I, and provides a Compass Learning instructor to help youth in reading, math and FCAT preparation.
- Summer Enrichment Camp - Monday - Friday, 8:00am â?? 5:00pm
This six-week program begins early June and ends mid July. K-5th grade students enjoy a fun-filled summer with an array of activities such as field trips, arts and crafts, music, and academic enhancements.
- Girls Mentoring Program - This six-week program is for middle and high school girls. The rites of passage program serves to:
- Foster knowledge among young females of the specific nature of their sexuality.
- Encourage appreciation of family-hood and manner in which process-orientated, survival-based family roles are shaped by cultural traditions and individual circumstances.
- Enhance participants' awareness of their role in the development of their community and their friendships.
- Increase the appropriate and practical use of time, work habits, and money.
- Direct participants' interests and attitudes toward creative self-expression as a meaningful vehicle.
- Senior Program - The Smith-Williams Service Center and Elder Care Services have formed a partnership to offer quality services to seniors of the Southside and surrounding Neighborhoods. Seniors enjoy participating in the program as they take part in jewelry making, painting, dances, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, field trips and computer classes. Along with good fellowship, seniors can enjoy a good game of checkers, crossword puzzles, bingo, newspaper discussion and even a trip to the movies.
- Volunteer/Intern Opportunity - Smith-Williams Service Center encourages and recruits the participation of volunteers, interns, Americorps members, and work-study students to assist in its After-School Enrichment Program, Girls Mentoring Program, and Summer Enrichment Camp. Volunteers tutor in math, reading, English, and spelling, as well as other special group activities.
Other Programs and Services Available at Smith-Williams:
- Voting - The assembly hall in the annex of the Smith-Williams Center serves as Voter Precinct 17 for all local, state, and federal elections.
- Food Distribution Site - The Capital Area Community Action Agency distributes on the 2nd Friday of each month from 9:00am - 12:00pm in the Annex Building.
- Clothes Closet - Clothes are available to needy families at the Center. Call for further information.
- Free Income Tax Assistance - Free tax assistance is provided through the VISTA Program. January - April 15th, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9:00am - 2:30pm.
- Facility Rental and Meeting Space - The Center has the Annex Assembly Hall and Community Room (with a fully equipped kitchen) that is available for rental to the public. The Annex Assembly Hall can accommodate up to 120 people and the Community Room can accommodate to up to 50 people. Call for further information.
- Children & Families online application service - Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm.
- Boys & Girls Scouts Program - meets on Friday from 4:00 - 5:30pm
- Senior Citizens Indoor Games - (pool table, cards, checkers, horseshoes), Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 8:00pm.
- Fountain of Hope Counseling Center, Inc. - Aids Prevention and Counseling Service (Director, Mrs. Betty Udofiah - 850-284-7932).
- Halle Martin Foundation, Inc.
- Smith-Williams Advisory Board - Assisting the staff of the Smith-Williams Center to appraise the City Commission and Parks, Recreation And Neighborhood Affairs. The board meets once a month.
- Smith-Williams Foundation Board - Promoting center support, writing grants and raising funds to augment programs and services for youth, teens, adults and senior citizens. The board meets once a month.
Annual Programs & Events
- Seniors & Pastors Thanksgiving Luncheon
- Honeywell & Solution Seniors Christmas Luncheon
- Soul Santa Comes To Bond Community Christmas Program
- Community Child Care Centers Soul Santa Comes to Smith-Williams Center
- Dr. Martin L. King Celebration
- Black History Month Celebration
- Community Child Care Centers, Youth & Seniors Easter Eggs Hunt
- Emancipation Celebration
- Community Carnival