The city of Avondale is opening the Arizona Complete Health Avondale Resource Center at the Marie Lopez Rogers Complex.
Located at 995 E Riley Drive, this multifaceted complex will be a one-stop location for family, youth, senior and housing services.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city held a “virtual ribbon cutting” ceremony on its Facebook page Tuesday, Jan. 12.
According to the city, the 30,000-square-foot center cost $11.7 million.
“The resource center has operated for years in an older facility that once served as the local library. Thanks to the vision and support of the Avondale City Council, and our partners, Arizona Complete Health and First Things First, this new state of the art facility will help us provide even greater centralized access to much-needed resources, not only to Avondale residents but to all individuals of the Southwest Valley,” said Christopher Lopez, Avondale’s neighborhood and family services director.
The new complex includes meeting rooms, senior dining facilities, offices and space for providers of various programs that support residents of the community, as well as lush landscaped grounds and ample parking for patrons.
Services offered at the center are made possible through a partnership between the city of Avondale, First Things First and Arizona Complete Health.
Some services offered include: tutoring in English and literacy, teenager/adolescent support programs, employment services, parent education, TANF, SNAP and Affordable Care Act application and enrollment, WIC (Women, Infant and Children) services, rental and utility assistance, citizenship classes, Medicare benefits counseling, housing assistance, legal aid services, domestic violence support groups, veteran resources, senior services and a computer lab.
The complex is named for Marie Lopez Rogers, the granddaughter of migrant farm workers in Avondale, who dedicated her professional life to social work before running for Avondale City Council. Her tenure included two terms as mayor, until her retirement in 2014. In 2019, the Avondale City Council voted to name the new resource complex in her honor. Construction was supported by Abacus Project Management, Architekton and Haydon Building Corp.
Due to pandemic health guidelines, guests to the facility are limited.
Visitors may be asked to wait for entrance as the center adheres to capacity and sanitation protocols.