Building a partnership: Rogers County Youth Services renovates building to include Compassion Women’s Center

Rogers County Youth Services began renovations on the north side of their building recently to make space for their new partner organization, Compassion Women’s Center.

Compassion Women’s Center is a non-profit pregnancy resource center-serving individuals in Rogers County in need of resources and support due to an unplanned pregnancy. CWC offers free pregnancy tests, full confidentiality, and compassionate, respectful discussion of the options available to the parent.

CWC also offers resources for new parents like supplies, parenting classes, and assistance signing up for state and federal programs.

RCYS Executive Director Herb McSpadden said the mission and efforts of CWC transition well into the free family support and counseling services Rogers County Youth Services provides.

“Their lease was up at their previous location, and it was a great opportunity to partner with them and provide a low-cost rent space,” McSpadden said.

Volunteers for Youth has a similar partnership with RCYS, sharing the building and resources to reduce overhead cost for both organizations, and having a member of each organization on the board for the other.

The north end of the building will hold an office and children’s play therapy area for RCYS as well as offices, a meeting room, a private restroom for pregnancy testing, an exam room for ultrasounds, and a supply room with free items for pregnant and nursing mothers, all for Compassion Women’s Center to use.

McSpadden said the play therapy room will be a big benefit to RCYS therapists working with younger children.

The remaining commercial tenant, Rhodes Printing, will also stay in the building, occupying a space on the far north end.

The renovations are paid for by a grant from the Zarrow Foundation, which was originally awarded to redo the outside of the building and fix holes in the exterior wall. Claremore First Baptist Church also provided a significant donation.

The inside of the building is expected to be complete in two months.

The next construction project, which RCYS is seeking funds to complete, will focus on fixing exterior walls, redoing the façade of the building to look more inviting than commercial, and adding signage that is visible from the roadway.

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