The New Millennium (2000)
The anticipation and excitement created as the year 2000 rolled over was abundant and the Junior League celebrated its accomplishments as well. In November, 2000, the League unveiled “Seasoned with Fun” at their annual A Christmas Fair event. The new book featured a completely new look, style, recipes and wonderful tips for “cooking and entertaining with pizzazz.” Sales were tremendous and the book, which sold for $19.95, exceeded all expectations.
Just two months later, the grand opening of Independence House was realized in January, 2001. Independence House provides support services in a safe and affordable living environment to eight selected families. Below market rent is offered to the residents, who are victims of domestic abuse, for a maximum of two years at which time they will be prepared to transition into mainstream housing. In addition to building the housing development, the League also established educational activities and a mentoring program for the women and children who resided there.
As the transition into the new focus area, Quality of Life, began in 2001, six new projects were adopted: Begin at Birth Celebration, League Juniors, Keystone Botanical Garden, Park Power, Plaza Theatre Revival, and Children’s International Cultural Center Research Team.