The Rodarte Community Center
Where a community comes together.
When Greeley residents petitioned City Council to build a community center in 1977, it was in part out of frustration at confrontations between Chicano activists and Greeley police officers over the treatment of Latinos. What those residents got in return was nearly twice the funding they’d asked for—and a center that is just one example of the community’s long-standing commitment to diversity. What’s more, Greeley residents voted to expand and improve the center in 2002.
Named for Greeley activist and itinerant preacher Jesus Rodarte (1886–1986), the Rodarte Community Center opened to the public in 1979. In selecting the name, its governing board felt that Rodarte personified “the spirit of unity between old and young and people of all colors. This spirit is what the center should represent.”
Program manager C. J. Archibeque couldn’t agree more. “I grew up here,” he says, “and I can tell you that this center has had a tremendous impact.” Archibeque says programs like after-school tutoring, summer camps, language classes, boxing, GED prep, and senior nutrition meals—as well as the recent collaboration between the Greeley Art Commission, the University of Northern Colorado, local artists and Rodarte kids that created a colorful art bus—have the power to blur both racial and socio-economic lines.
Greeley’s a true melting pot, meaning we get better as we get more diverse.
And the Rodarte Center continues to play a huge part in that.
C. J. Archibeque passed away on September 1, 2017. He was an enthusiastic ambassador for the area youth he served and worked to build and sustain community and staff relationships to foster program success. C.J. will be remembered for his trademark grin, friendly demeanor, humor, advocacy, and compassion.
Rodarte Park to be Renamed For Hoshiko Family
In 2015 the park and baseball fields surrounding the Rodarte Center will officially be named for the Hoshiko family. It was back in 1978 that local farmer Paul Hoshiko sold the land to the City enabling the center to be constructed on its current site. Prior to that, the block was used as a rough baseball field by workers at the adjacent Kuner canning factory. In fact, the field was nicknamed “the home of the brave” because the rocky ground made it tough to slide and A Street ran right through the outfield! The factory was purchased by the Hoshiko’s in 1964 and the baseball tradition on those 3.6 acres continued as Paul Hoshiko understood the recreational value of that land. As a leader in 4-H and other youth oriented programs he felt strongly that the land should be used to support local youth of all cultures and backgrounds.
Greeley’s Cultural Centers
Global Refugee Center
917 10th Avenue, 3rd Floor of the First United Methodist Church
The Global Refugee Center (GRC) works to support refugees and immigrants in Greeley. The center, which opened in 2008 under the leadership of five members of the East African community, was founded to address the challenges refugee newcomers faced in their new lives in Greeley. The GRC offers education, culturally relevant programs, leadership, and skill development. While fostering new skills, the center strives to preserve and promote culture, language, and traditions. By 2011, it was no longer serving just the East African community but newcomers from over 20 different countries.
University of Northern Colorado
Asian/Pacific American Student Services Center
924 20th Street
The Asian/Pacific American Student Services (A/PASS) center at UNC supports the academic and social development of Asian and Pacific Islander students while serving as a source of cultural education for the UNC campus. A/Pass opened in 1995 and since then various student organizations have been created in connection with the center including Filipino, Japanese, Hawaiian and Chinese clubs for extra-curricular activities and community service.
César Chávez Cultural Center
1410 20th Street
As a result of perseverance on the part of students, staff and faculty, the César Chávez Cultural Center (CCCC) first opened its doors in 1985 as the Hispanic Cultural Center and was subsequently renamed to honor civil rights activist, César Chávez. The center supports educational attainment of Latino students and empowers them as they work to achieve their career goals. The center serves as a resource to the larger campus community regarding the Latino culture. The CCCC will celebrate its 30th anniversary in September of 2015.
Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
928 20th Street
Established in 1983, the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center (MGCC) supports and fosters the development of African, African American/Black students. The center delivers programs and services that assist the broader university community and local residents by increasing knowledge and understanding of African, African American/Black experiences and culture. The MGCC is named to recognize, Marcus Garvey, an early 20thcentury leader and civil rights activist.
Native American Student Services Center
924 20th Street
The NASS Center promotes academic and leadership excellence of Native American students at the University of Northern Colorado. NASS seeks to enrich the UNC community through academic, social, and cultural programs that reflect the tradition, heritage, and history of Native America. A significant goal is to foster a campus environment that sustains, respects and honors the diversity of traditions and cultures of Native American peoples.