Grant will expand Somerton’s Cranaleith Education and Conference Center

State Sen. Mike Stack joined former State Rep. George Kenney on April 15 to present a significant state grant that will help expand the Cranaleith Education and Conference Center.

The $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant will go toward the $3.3 million project to renovate the existing barn into a welcome center and construct a conference center, a lodge with overnight accommodations and a chapel. Stack and Kenney each secured $500,000 in RACP funds.

Based in Somerton, Cranaleith offers counseling, programs and treatment services to disadvantaged individuals in a tranquil setting.

“Cranaleith has an outstanding record of service in our community, and this expansion project will provide even more accommodations to help those in need of spiritual guidance, comfort and hope,” Stack said. “In addition, the added space will offer a venue for companies to hold training sessions and retreats. This is good for business. Here, employees can collaborate and think creatively in a beautiful space.”

The project creates 50 construction jobs and five full-time jobs.

“It is a pleasure to be able to secure state funding for this expansion project, which will help more people in need, provide more space for the business communities’ use, and put good people to work,” Stack said. “Cranaleith is just one of the many entities that make Northeast Philadelphia a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

-Submitted by the office of Sen. Mike Stack


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