Children’s Center breaks ground on new facility

August 27, 2018 by  

The Children’s Center of Medina County, located in Medina, recently broke ground on a new addition.

In 2011, the center had one part-time person on staff, and the facility was large enough; today, there are six people on staff, three full-time and three part-time, and the center is crowded. The ground-breaking that took place recently marks the start of the construction of a two-story addition that will be added to the back of the current building.

The current facility is yellow, so the addition will be painted the same shade, in order to provide children with a welcoming, familiar environment. Rhonda Wurgler, who was the center’s only part-time person at one time and is now its director, said the addition is expected to cost $575,000. The money will come from donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals in the community.

The project was kicked off with monetary support from every member of the board, the staff, the capital campaign committee, and volunteers. In addition, the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board presented $50,000 to the facility, which will be used to construct a conference room. Work is expected to take about six months.

Several dignitaries spoke, including Wurgler, who reminded audience members that children are vulnerable, and that families are welcome to seek help at the shelter at any time. Dedications like this offer an opportunity for organizers to consider a new logo design for the facility.