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Union Station marks first birthday

Just like raising a baby, the first year of operating the Union Station has been a trying, but rewarding, experience.

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Jade Ricks, 2, dances as the Christ Our King worship team sings during the Union Station community center’s one-year birthday party Monday evening. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

And to mark the occasion, supporters of the Union Station community center hosted a first birthday party Monday evening.

“We decided to do a birthday party because it has been a lot like a birth,” said Liz Carter, the center’s first director who recently passed on the reins to her husband, Eli Carter. “At first it was a labor and then the first year has been like an infancy.

“If you look back where we were and where we are now, it is amazing,” Mrs. Carter said.

A group of local pastors and other members of the local faith communities began discussing the idea of a community center about two years ago. The Bellefontaine School District, which was moving into a new school building last summer, turned the former Southeastern Elementary over to the group on July 1, 2013.

Union Station has helped more than 1,500 individuals in its first year, Mr. Carter said, and they hope to double that number in the second year.

“We have to get the word out to let more people know what we have to offer,” he said at the informal gathering that also included music by Christ Our King’s praise team and prayer by pastor and board member Eric Cook.

 

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