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A portrait of Estelle-Marie Montgomery, executive director of FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Bashir)

The FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center in Washington, D.C., provides after-school activities, job training workshops, dance classes, and community celebrations. It’s a trusted neighborhood resource.
So executive director Estelle-Marie Montgomery says it’s well positioned to help people during extreme weather events, which are growing more common as the climate warms.
“When there is a disaster, and in the process of recovery … really depending on that trust that has been built between community members becomes very important,” she says.
The Faunteroy Center has received more than $1 million in federal and local funding to turn the center into what’s called a resilience hub.
The plan is to install solar panels and batteries, so the center will have power, even when the grid goes down.
Designs include a commercial kitchen for preparing and distributing food, a broadcasting studio to share emergency updates, and more space for classes and events that build community and support among neighbors.
“It’s basically a seamless connection to what the center has always stood for but now in a more expansive way,” Montgomery says.
So the center is prepared to help people before, during, and after a climate disaster.
Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media