CLAY CITY -- After nearly a decade of local service, The Clay City Center for Women's Ministries has been given validation for its work.
Recently, the organization, 314 S. Lankford St., Clay City, was given the deed to its service building by Union Hospital, Terre Haute.
The center, which provides a plethora of counseling services, had been renting the building since coming to Clay City in 1999. Recently, the members approached the higher ups at Union Hospital with the hope of gaining ownership of the building.
Pauleen McPherson, director of the organization, said she felt the center deserved the deed because of years of quality service to the community and because the service was a model tenant, never having been late in a rent payment.
Union Hospital agreed, and recently presented the Ministry with the deed to the building.
McPherson said it was an "absolute blessing."
"Our funding has been slipping lately because of economic problems," McPherson said. "It was an answer to our prayers."
The center, which is one of more than two-dozen in the state, is a volunteer not-for-profit organization. They employ several trained volunteer counselors, who give various forms of counseling, including couples, marriage and one-on-one therapy type sessions.
Lorrie Heber, System Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Union Hospital Health Group, said she was happy the hospital could help the organization by carrying out its mission.
"It's nice they'll be able to maintain services for years to come," Heber said. "I'm glad we could provide a service for a reasonable price."
McPherson said the organization would also be embarking on some general repairs regarding the building to make general improvements on its structure. She also said she felt that the trust of Union Hospital could offer greater validation for the Ministries' services, saying that some people could be reluctant to come in for counseling from people who are volunteers rather than professionals. She hoped getting the deed would help shake the potential reluctance some people may have with opening up to volunteers.
To commemorate the deed, the Ministry will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28. McPherson said the date marks a special moment in her organization's attempt to provide long lasting services to local citizens.
"We have been a top-notch organization from the beginning," she said. "We have seen many lives changed through our services and we will continue helping people become viable citizens."
The Clay County Center for Women's Ministries, an organization that specializes in Bible studies, support groups, prayer chapel, one-on-on counseling and marriage counseling, provides the services at no cost. It is a non-profit organization made up of trained volunteer paraprofessionals. No one is employed by the organization and there is no cost for the counseling. Pauline McPherson is the director of the center in Clay City.