Advocate for change! Open the Washington United Youth Center!

Support Maria's legacy in the Washington Community today!


Maria Marcelo had a vision to activate the Washington United Youth Center. The 17,000 sq ft youth center is at the heart of the Washington/Guadalupe community. The community center offers only 8 hours of public programming per week. Maria’s vision was to partner with leaders in the community to bring more than 50 hours of week of public programming per week to the center!

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Dear Councilmember Torres, Mayor Mahan and City Councilmembers

I am writing to request that you partner with Healing Grove to get the Washington United Youth Center opened. I saw that community centers in wealthier areas are open 50-60 hours per week, while the Washington United Youth Center is only open 8 hours per week. This community might be low income, but I think they should still be able to access their youth center!





Maria Marcelo

Maria Marcelo Memorial Community Fund

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”

Acts 4:32

The Maria Marcelo Community Fund will fuel the vision of Maria Marcelo to see a flourishing community in the Washington/Guadalupe neighborhood. Maria was passionate about bringing people together through faith in Jesus Christ, food, and Mexican cultural traditions. The Maria Marcelo Memorial Community Fund will resource our continuance of her legacy!

Donate to the Maria Marcelo Memorial Community Fund!

Maria Marcelo was a co-founder of the Healing Grove Health Center. The Healing Grove Health Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit administers the Maria Marcelo Memorial Community Fund, at the behest of Maria Marcelo’s family.