NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A converted firehouse that has become the cultural, social and educational center of a vibrant neighborhood will be shutting down in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Unity Square Community Center is closing its doors, announced Hector Perez, community organizer.

“Unfortunately, the last few weeks have been filled with anxiety because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the announcement. “Individuals and families all over are facing the threat of exposure therefore we must take this issue seriously by following the nation/state recommendations.

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“Although, we love serving the community, the Unity Square center will be closed to the public temporarily.”

The building at 81 Remsen Ave. hosts Unity Square staff offices, as well as space for community meetings and programs. Just recently, for example, the space has hosted everything from Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations to Census 2020 meetings.

Unity Square is a community organizing and social concerns initiative of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen that works to empower community members and catalyze change. In so doing, Unity Square addresses issues such as economic development, employment, civic participation, crime and safety, immigrants’ rights and tenants’ rights.