Our History

In November of 1994, the Community Services Coalition (CSC), a nonprofit organization, purchased a 27,000 square foot building owned by the Williamsburg New Testament Church. CSC was able to purchase the building, then known as the Historic Triangle Messmer Community Services Center, with the help of over 500 local organizations and individuals, as well as the Historic Triangle local governments.

The idea behind the building was to house local nonprofits and community service agencies in an affordable and centrally located environment to allow organizations to network together and offer a comprehensive array of services under one roof to help residents of the Historic Triangle community who are in need with housing assistance, food security, educational support, legal aid, and other essential services. 

In 1995, a 4,000 square foot addition was completed and occupied by FISH, providing sorting and storage for donated clothing and food. Fifteen full-time agencies moved from a variety of spread out locations to provide a convenient service environment under one roof. The building quickly became well-known for being a one-stop center for residents in need.

In 2015, the building was renamed the Historic Triangle Messmer Community Services Center after the past Board of Director's President, Don Messmer. Currently, the Center provides 51 offices, Head Start teaching and meeting rooms, an auditorium that seats 250 individuals, and 2 large conference rooms.

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