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In 1965, Mr. Roosevelt "Ross" Evans opened his supermarket in Palm Bay on the corner of Randolph and Florida Streets. The market was a neighborhood pillar that provided a safe, attractive place to buy healthy food and sundry items. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Evans created a place of employment for community residents and economic stability. Additionally, Evans Supermarket was an important community gathering spot. Elderly residents would walk to the store to shop for fresh meats or a box of salt, without the expense or hassle of finding transportation to stores further away. While children waited at the market for the school bus, Mr. Evans checked to make sure they completed homework assignments. The community suffered after Mr. Evans passing. New proprietors weren't connected with the community. The site became a place of cover for illegal activities an eyesore. The city of Palm Bay wrested control of the building and it was shuttered.


In 2007, a group of neighborhood leaders and organizations began facilitating discussions to turn the market into a community asset again, and in 2011 Evans Center Inc. became a non-profit organization. Evans Center leaders engaged the community through a survey, conversations, and collective participation.


In 2012, Palm Bay demolished the old market, making way for a new vision for Evans Center: a vision that would honor the past and serve present community needs. On March 9, 2019, Evans Center unveiled its community healthy living model. The facility is a critical component in stabilizing the community and rebuilding the vision of Mr. Evans for a strong, prosperous and healthy community.



Evans Center is a local non-profit organization committed to raising the standard of health and improving the quality of life in the community. We strive to accomplish this by building partnerships with organizations and local leaders determined to disrupt the status quo of scarce resources in low to moderate income communities. These partnerships help provide job training, access to quality, affordable healthcare, fresh foods and clean living.



Susan Phillips-Hardison

Director, Evans Center | 321-216-6909

Edith Edwards 

Market Manager, Evans Community Market | 321-374-2473


Board of Directors

Peter Mannino

Board Chairman

Vice President, Resident Director, Merrill Lynch, Daytona/Cocoa Beach Market President, Bank of America

Chas Hoyman

Board Treasurer

Retired CPA, Hoyman Dobson & Company

Dr. Anthony Catanese

President Emeritus Florida Institute of Technology

Josephine Peterson-Hunter

Lets Talk with Lady J, CEO Space Coast Creative Design

Val Terry

Small Business Consultant, Aspire Enterprise of Florida

Jud Kaminski

Principal, Brevard Public Schools, Palm Bay High School

Ira Murray 

Owner, Murray Reality


Ursula Norris

Senior Director, Administration & Logistics, Christian Care Ministry


Corey Williams

CEO, Space Coast Stars Academy

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