Children in Crisis, Inc. broke ground on the Neighborhood Center this week. This is the third building in the Children’s Neighborhood. The Neighborhood Center will house the staff offices, administrative offices, case worker offices, intake office, therapy rooms and observation room. The Susanna Wesley House emergency shelter and Blessings House foster home were opened in January.
CIC has contracted with Dooley Mack Constructors of Northwest Florida to build the one-story, 3,200 square foot facility. The Neighborhood Center was designed by Prescott Architects, Inc. with a child-friendly atmosphere.
Dooley Mack Constructors, Inc. began as a small General Contracting firm in Sarasota, Florida in 1977 and has sustained steady growth under the leadership of Bill Dooley and Ken Smith. They have been consistently recognized as one of the top regional contractors by Gulf Coast Business Review, are listed nationally in the “Top 400 Contractors” by Engineering News Record magazine and are recognized as one to the top 200 privately owned business by Florida Trend.
The NW Florida regional office was established in 2005 in Panama City, Florida and is now located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Its growing staff of highly qualified individuals is led by Mr. Neil Freshour. Mr. Freshour is a licensed General Contractor with over 28 years in the construction business.
Mack Gay, President, CIC Board of Directors, commented, “This is truly another milestone for CIC and our vision. Thanks to the great support from the community, we’ve taken another step in providing homes and establishing hope to the abused, neglected and abused children of our community!”
According to Ken Hair, CIC Executive Director, “Our progress would not have been possible without the entire community’s involvement. OWC provides the Neighborhood site through a charity lease and our partnership with numerous local construction companies have enabled us to progress quickly. We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community”
Hair added, “We still need funding support to our capital campaign so we can continue building phase 1 of the Children’s Neighborhood. Equally important is securing the necessary funding to help feed, clothe and care for the children living at the Children’s Neighborhood. Now that we’re open and operating, this is critical to our success.”