One of the hidden gems of Highlands is The Peggy Crosby Center, home to 13 non-profit organizations and service-oriented businesses. To help these agencies, The PCC keeps the tenants’ rents low. Rents only cover the operational expenses of the Center. Thus, the PCC must rely on donations to underwrite the capital improvements needed to maintain the building.
Each fall the Peggy Crosby board sends personalized letters to past donors and friends requesting their support. This campaign, named Peggy’s Heroes, recognizes donors by defined giving levels and acknowledges their generosity.
Let’s explore what the Peggy Crosby Center is and why it’s one of Highlands’ most valuable assets.
The PCC, located at 348 South Fifth Street, offers well-maintained and comfortable office space to nonprofit entities and small startup businesses that are vital to our community. Since its creation in the mid ‘90s the PCC Board of Directors has worked tirelessly to update the original Highlands Hospital building (constructed in the 1940’s) to meet the needs of organizations operating in today’s world.
You know it now as the Peggy Crosby Center, but did you know it once housed Highlands’ first hospital?
When the present hospital was opened, a group of visionary citizens inspired by one man’s wife arranged the purchase of the then-vacant building. She had asked for a birthday present more permanent than just another sweater or piece of jewelry. Since 1996 Highlands has enjoyed affordable office space for non-profit organizations and small businesses providing community services. On a recent visit, Mrs. Crosby, now Peggy Crosby-Thompson, was pleased with the community benefit of her gift.
In addition to The Peggy Crosby Center’s role as a provider of cost-effective office space for non-profit organizations valuable to our community, it’s also the perfect classroom to learn about native plants of the Plateau.
For many years, the Laurel Garden Club has donated funds to the center for landscaping with native plants and for preserving our historically significant trees.