By Gary Skidmore, Duty First Magazine!July 22, 2009
"Changing the lives of many," is the goal of the Anthony Joseph Dixon Resource Center in Berlin, N.J.
The resource center is named in honor of Spc. Anthony Joseph Dixon, who was killed in action Aug.1, 2004, in Samarra, Iraq while serving with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
According to Jacquelyn Dixon, center founder and administrator and Anthony's mother, she opened the center so people in the area would remember her son and have a place to improve and enrich their lives.
"We began small and by most standards we still are a small program, but the community is becoming more aware of what we're doing and the word is spreading about us," Dixon said.
Dixon, a retired teacher and counselor said the center offers dance classes, tutoring, family advocacy and mentoring as some of its programs.
"I am a certified teacher and counselor," Dixon said. "We have volunteers donate their time as mentors, teachers and just an ear for those that need to have someone to talk to. We have church services here every Sunday, too."
The greatest accomplishment of the center is tutoring students in their school work, Dixon said.
"I have always loved children and we spend a lot of our time helping children with their school work," she said. "We've started to get positive feedback from teachers now commenting how the students we help are showing improvement."
Dixon said the center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is operated solely by donation and volunteers.