Niagara Gazette — ReNU Niagara, a community-based program operated by Niagara University, held its dedication ceremony and open house at its new location in the historic Park Place neighborhood on Monday.
During the event, it was also be announced that Niagara University's Institute for Civic Engagement was being renamed the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement to honor the long-tenured president and his commitment to the community.
ReNU Niagara's move downtown is intended to further the university's presence in the Falls and to strengthen and enhance the growing number of initiatives aimed at revitalizing the downtown core and its surrounding neighborhoods.
ReNU Niagara will be located in the same building as Congressman Brian Higgins.
Through its work with faculty, staff and collaborative partners, ReNU has completed projects addressing urgent community needs and challenges, including the GreenRoots Leadership Development Program and the Creating A Healthier Niagara Falls program, which is funded by the John R. Oishei Foundation. Additional ReNU initiatives include the establishment of community vegetable gardens, tax preparation assistance, resident and organizational training and GIS asset mapping.