Our Town Bay Front
New Infant Care Center in Ruskin

By Mitch Traphagen (mitch@observernews.net)

RUSKIN - What can a Catholic Nun know about children? In the case of Sister Maureen Smith of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, the correct answer would be: a lot.

For Smith, children seem to hold a special place in her heart. For a woman who has dedicated her life helping others, that is saying much - she is, after all, holding a lot in her heart.

With the financial assistance of the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, the RCMA is remodeling an unused building in an effort to expand the Ruskin Infant Center.

The building, located behind the community service center on 14th Avenue S.E. in Ruskin, was formerly a dressing room for an amphitheater that used to occupy the location.

In the coming weeks, however, the building will house offices and a badly needed facility to take care of some of the area’s youngest residents, children ranging in age from six weeks to five years.

RCMA opened their first center in Hillsborough County in 1975. Today they are very active in the community offering services and a helping hand to hundreds of residents and their children.

The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, a branch of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations and programs that work towards the betterment of our community. The foundation has a significant involvement in area schools and other programs for children.

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