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“’Stand Up for Children’ is our capital campaign to raise funds for a new building,” said Peggy Ford, Executive Director of Children’s Place, Inc. “We have already purchased the property, nearly 9 acres at the corner of Beaufort Street and Willow Run Road. Without ‘grandfathering’ into state licensing requirements, our re-purposed church home would not be acceptable for our many programs.”
Today, Children’s Place must turn away children and families it might otherwise help had it not outgrown the 100-year-old buildings the staff struggles to work in and maintain. According to Ford, a larger, modern space will help make an even greater impact in the 5-county area they serve.
The new facility will be approximately 16,000 square feet, 3 times the current space, and designed specifically to support children and families. That bigger space will enable the re-launch of infant and after-school programs; serve more children with separate classrooms; provide dedicated therapy and counseling rooms for children and families; create a conference room for more parenting class sessions; serve more meals from a modern kitchen with more storage; and add a large, efficient laundry room and more bathrooms for both children and adults.
“Our programs are expanding, most recently the SafeCare program, funded by The Duke Endowment, to help us teach good parenting techniques in families that may never have lived that experience. While the program is a perfect fit with our existing services, it can’t pay for the space for increased staff needed to bring it to reality,” Ford said. “Our program funding enjoys widespread community support,” Ford added, “…including Celebrity Waiter Night, coming up on May 11. It helps pay for our therapeutic child care, but not our new building.”
For more information, please visit childrensplaceinc.org, or call 803.641.4144.