MCH Moves Toward Opening the First MCH Family Outreach Center
When the new MCH Family Outreach Center opens in Waco in early 2019, it will be the result of much planning as well as a reflection of growth experienced by MCH programs and services.
“This is a natural expression of our commitment to serve,” said Moe Dozier, vice president for programs. “Our ministry objective is to connect resources and expertise to need. All of our programs have come out of an expressed need and the Family Outreach Center is an extension of that.”
One of the goals detailed in the organization’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan describes building a state-of-the-art facility that would specifically be designed to support the operation of MCH programs.
Additionally, MCH leadership developed a community center approach for the delivery of prevention and early intervention services that would serve as a front door to other MCH services.
“We are making great strides toward fulfilling our strategic plan’s priorities and goals,” said Dozier. “We are making a clear commitment to Waco and the surrounding areas through this center.”
According to Traci Wagner, program administrator for the Eastern region of MCH Family Outreach, the 10,000 square-foot building in the heart of Waco will be versatile and full of opportunity.
“The new center will office the Waco Family Outreach team and will feature several collaborative work areas, a sensory room, and a larger collaborative community space for the various outreach programs, trainings, meetings, community events, gatherings, and fellowship,” she said. “This will be a space for families to feel welcomed.
“Creating the center is true to who we are and how MCH has evolved over time,” she said. “I believe the new space will allow MCH Family Outreach to continue to impact families while also allowing us to discover new opportunities in how we can best serve those in Waco and the surrounding area.
Brooke Davilla, director of MCH Family Outreach in Waco, said the new building holds a lot of potential for her team.
“The depth of our care is rich and the work that we get to do is unique and transformative,” Davilla said. “It is my hope that the new center will allow the Waco Family Outreach team to continue our continuum of care as well as come alongside families in new and impactful ways.”
Tim Brown, president/CEO of MCH, believes the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan challenges MCH to be a leader in the field of care and services rather than simply a follower.
“We have always held ourselves accountable to a standard of excellence,” he said. “I’m particularly excited about the prospect of us doing more and being more impactful with our work in the future.” •
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