South Louisiana Community College announced a change of venue for its Saturday “College to Church” student recruitment initiative.

The event will now be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heymann Park Recreation Center, 1500 S. Orange St.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, the Senior Pastors United Alliance and several church congregations partnered with SLCC for the event that takes on the challenge of breaking the cycle of poverty in the community.

That support from the community can make a major difference, especially for first-generation college students, when it comes to taking perhaps unfamiliar steps in furthering one’s education, local pastors and college officials said in a news release.

“When a place of worship embraces college, so does the congregation,” the Rev. Ken Lazard, founding pastor and president of Destiny of Faith Christian Center Church, said in the news release. “Members are more likely to feel safe and trusted while exploring the idea of going to college. Many will be the first in their families to attend college.”

The College to Church event is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served and SLCC representatives will be available with information on financial aid, the admissions process and the college’s programs.