Midstate restaurant owner getting support for children’s crisis center


It didn’t take long for April Collier’s new space in downtown York to be filled with supplies and donations. 

“York is like no other. I’ve never had to worry about where the next dollar or resource is coming from, that’s how tight York is,” said Collier. 

Last week, Collier opened The Jook Joint on Market Street, a place for kids in York to get connected with good things happening in the city. 

“We’re just trying to create the ideal the community, or family around these kids,” said Collier. 

But that’s just the beginning for Collier. 

“We’re calling it the More to Life Empowerment Center,” said Collier. 

What is now a giant parking lot of Poplar Street, unkempt and littered with garbage, will soon be home to a three-story, $7 million community crisis center for children.

Collier calls the new resource a city essential. 

“We want to create those spaces where nobody cares about your color, your background, just where you are at, and moving forward,” said Collier. 

Open 24 hours, she says the space will be free for kids to play, eat, sleep, and get support when staying at home isn’t always an option. 

As for funding the project, she says it’s all from local donors. 

“It’s talking to the right people. When they have watched you, for so long do what you do and your mission has never changed, it takes them a split second to say okay, this is what I have,” said Collier. 

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