ADRIAN — The shovels touched down on Monday afternoon, ushering in the first stages of the Care Pregnancy Center of Lenawee campus expansion project.
Since 1984, CPC Lenawee has been providing Christian care “to elevate God’s plan for life, sexuality and family in our community,” said an email from Roxanne Meeks, executive director of CPC Lenawee.
Monday’s ceremony was attended by board members, staff, volunteers and donors. Also in attendance were U.S. Representative Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, and State Representative Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian.
“Today we are leading the way in parenthood,” said Margaret Duffy, Chair of the Lenawee CPC Board of Directors. “We are creating a physical path between the current Lenawee Care Pregnancy Center home and the new Family Resource Center.”
Lenawee’s CPC is at 308 N. Broad St. It will expand its ministry to a purple Victorian house, adjacent to the property at 217 E. Front St. Rains & Rains Law Firm and Babut Law Firms are now in the House. The building was put up for sale and it didn’t take long for Meeks and the Lenawee CPC Board of Directors to acquire the building.
“In many ways, we don’t have a lot of room here,” Duffy said of the CPC’s current location. A “Give, Build, Grow, Serve” campaign was launched by the ministry as it looked for ways to expand the localization of its services.
Originally plans were in place to extend the rear of the CPC building towards East Front Street. This plan has been suspended for at least a year and a half due to turnover in management and board members.
The delay in progress has not dampened the morale of CPC staff and volunteers. To them, the delay was a sign from God that another plan awaited them somewhere down the road.
“Councils have come and councils have gone. Directors came and directors left,” Duffy said. “And yet, God is true to his vision of this ministry here at Lenawee CPC.”
Duffy was in charge of Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony, replacing Meeks who was absent due to testing positive for COVID-19. Meeks and her vision for the Lenawee Care Pregnancy Center have been hailed by many.
Jamie Beach, a 10-year volunteer with the Lenawee CPC, shared a story about meeting Meeks and researching possible homes in the area that could potentially serve as an expanded CPC location. Continually, he said, Meeks referred to the purple Victorian house as the ideal location for expansion for the ministry. The other houses the two visited and toured together never seemed like the right fit.
Then the “for sale” sign appeared in front of the house on East Front Street.
“It was a totally different feeling when we first walked through and visited this house,” he said. “The layout and layout of the house really seemed to match. Roxanne really gave me the impression that this will work.
Tammy Holly, former board member and former executive director of CPC, said she had dreams and visions of ministry moving into the Victorian home – even before Lenawee CPC was set up on North Broad Street . He had an address on Main Street.
“To see all of this come to fruition now is a great thing to see what God has really done,” Holly said. “…This is just one more example of the exciting things we see God doing in this ministry. We know he is so faithful.
Krieghoff-Lenawee Co., CLS Design and Interiors by Laura will work with CPC Lenawee during its three-phase expansion. The first phase began the day after the first shovelful of soil on Monday.
The construction work at the north end of the house will become the ministry’s baby shop. It will also have plenty of space to hold board meetings and parenting classes.
Further construction work on the house is planned.
The second phase of the project involves updating the current CPC of the Lenawee building, which will be used primarily as an administrative building. The corner of North Broad and East Front Streets will become a gateway into the Lenawee Campus CPC. This will be the third and final phase of the project, which Duffy said she calls “campus corner.”
Services, classes and demonstrations for parents will take place primarily in the new Family Resource Center. This group instruction will consist of sexual health and relationship education, parenting classes, classes on labor and childbirth, postpartum wellness and self-care, fatherhood programs, life skills and Bible studies. Demonstrations will include car seat safety, safe sleep, first aid and CPR.
“It’s the start of the journey,” Duffy said. “We are really delighted to have been able to put the shovel in the ground and we can launch this first phase of the project. And I think that’s going to create a lot of enthusiasm and support for the ministry, not just financially, but also in terms of the people involved in the volunteer hours.