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It provides a multi-purpose activity centre and place of meeting for the church and community groups, seeking to meet the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged people of Gladstone.
Gladstone Church of Christ Minister, Lyall Muller, said the church is “grateful for the provision of this incredible space and are excited about the way this new office will facilitate providing support and assistance to the local community.”
“It is the desire of the church to see past hopelessness to solutions, empowering the disadvantaged to find solutions to meet their needs; to be a loving, caring, empowering presence of hope in the local community,” Lyall said.
In 2009 the church began a ministry called HopeLINK to provide support to those in the community who are hurting and in need, with the aim of helping them grow, heal and succeed in life. With the expansion of the HopeLINK ministry, the need for extra offices and appropriate training spaces became critical.
“The original office facility was comprised of two offices, a photocopy room, and a meeting room that was also the thoroughfare to all the other rooms. At times four staff or volunteers would be working around the kitchen table,”
The new building provides the space they need, including a large training room, a small meeting room, a proper entry, and six offices.
“It will provide for our present needs while allowing for growth in the future. The design allows for privacy for different support groups meeting at the same time, as well as confidential counselling spaces,” he said.
The Gladstone Foundation manages the voluntary contributions made by infrastructure project proponents in Gladstone. The aim of the Foundation is to help ensure there is sufficient social infrastructure to meet the needs of the region’s growing population and enhance the liveability of Gladstone communities.
Gladstone Church of Christ are very grateful to the Gladstone Foundation for providing the financial means of filling this need and for the many others who have contributed in significant ways.
“Of special note is the work of Stephen Strachan from Engineers Queensland who worked as Project Manager free of charge,” Lyall said.
“With the completion of this project, the Gladstone church looks forward to providing a safe, welcoming space where those struggling with life can find support, help and hope. It is the desire of the church to bring the light of Christ into the Gladstone community by offering Christ’s hope, expressing God’s love.”