The beneficiary of this year’s Enloe Charity Ball is Southeast Raleigh Promise (SERP), a “community quarterback” organization whose mission is to end the cycle of intergenerational poverty in and around the Rock Quarry Road corridor of Southeast Raleigh. As a member of the national Purpose Built Communities movement, SERP manages collaborations and makes and supports strategic investments in cradle-to-career education, safe and healthy housing, community wellness, economic opportunity, and leadership development.
While SERP specifically works in the Rock Quarry Road corridor of Southeast Raleigh, their work impacts all of Southeast Raleigh, the city of Raleigh, and Wake County. They focus their efforts on children and the adults that care for them. In the corridor, over 54% of children live at or below the poverty line. Southeast Raleigh has historially been an African-American community. It is still predominantly African-American and has a growing population of Latinx and Hispanic residents along with white residents and numerous other ethnicities.
Southeast Raleigh Elementary School/Southeast Raleigh YMCA
SERP was involved in the planning of the new Southeast Raleigh Elementary School and Southeast Raleigh YMCA, located in a joint facility on Rock Quarry Road. The elementary school features a rooftop garden and teaching kitchen, STEAM programming, as well as multiple onsite partners to provide enrichment programming. Students will have access to the YMCA facilities. The property will also contain affordable housing and small businesses. This initiative serves to fulfill the SERP’s mission in Southeast Raleigh through providing education, housing, health and wellness, and economic opportunity.