Today is Saturday, August 19, 2017

Upcoming ribbon-cutting for newly renovated Brooks House

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The community is invited to visit Brooks House this Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Brooks House Director Liz Reese said she is excited to show off the completed 1,600-square-foot addition to their existing building, which opened in 2008 as a safe haven for women and their children on their way to independence.

The older portion of the building was constructed in 1960, and had some plumbing issues according to Reese. She said that through the design and construction work of Mike Manous (Manous Design Inc.) and Jack Bell (Jack Bell Builders Inc.), they were able to move the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room to the new building.

"(Mike Manous and Jack Bell) are two of the best people you ever want to work with. Jack Bell was here every day to answer all our questions - big and small," she said.

The project, which was celebrated in April 2014 with dirt being moved in July, was funded through private donations.

"It is just wonderful," Reese said. "We want people to come see how eight months of construction has gone."

The new addition made way for dormitory-type bathrooms, a "fantastic kitchen" and dining room, laundry room, a new office for Reese and more room for storage.

Assistant Director Melanie Johnson said that with the new laundry room came with two donated washers and two dryers. The former washer and dryer was given to a lady transitioning out of Brooks House, she said.

In the older portion of the building, which has experienced some renovations and redecorating, space has been made for three bedrooms, a playroom for children and Reese's former office is now Johnson's.

Each bedroom was sponsored by a church, business or organization, with the sponsoring providing furniture and bedding materials. Sponsors include Market Street Church of Christ, Cumberland Nursing Students Association, Peyton Road Church of Christ, Generations of Grace Church, College Hills Church of Christ, Zaxby's, Ruth's Circle of Grace United Methodist, Truth Seekers First Baptist, Gladeville United Methodist and Life Church of Mt. Juliet.

Johnson said that most ladies spend four to six months at Brooks House before transitioning into their own place. "The majority have no family support," she said.

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church sponsored the back patio area at Brooks House, now decorated with rocking chairs, wooden table and a bench.

"Brooks House is a place of calmness. The outpouring from the community has been a blessing," Reese said.

A special announcement will be made Sunday following the 2:30 p.m. ribbon cutting.

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