As announced a year ago, United Way of Midland County (UWMC) will move in early July from its current location on Main Street to a renovated building at 115 Jerome Street, recently known as the Arbury building.
Aligned with its long-term strategic plan approved in 2015, the UWMC Board of Directors voted last July to relocate to a smaller building with less overhead and to begin the process of selling its current building. As part of the transition, United Way has worked with the tenants over the past year on relocation plans.
“We are grateful to The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation Building Endowment Fund that made this possible,” stated Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of UWMC.
The new building will maintain the namesake of the building’s lead philanthropist, Charles J. Strosacker, and will be known as the Strosacker Center after the move. “The new facility will significantly reduce the cost and time associated with managing facilities and UWMC will be able to redirect those dollars to fund community impact programming,” Fillmore added.
Bobbie Arnold, President of the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, shared, “The three family foundations, the original funders of the current Strosacker Center, support United Way’s strategic direction and applaud its commitment to being prudent stewards of donor dollars entrusted to them. The original model for UWMC to serve as landlord of the Strosacker Center delivered many years of success for UWMC, its partner agencies, and the Midland community. We understand and support its focus on aligning with its core mission of delivering community impact.”
Almost all of the tenants have found new homes for their operations. Many also have increased their visibility and are expanding their program service offerings. United Way and Momentum Midland have worked over the past year with their tenants to relocate within Midland. UWMC continues to assist Ten16 Recovery Network with its relocation efforts, which are delayed due to its construction planning project. Although The Strosacker Center will be otherwise vacated, United Way has agreed to assist Ten16 with an additional seven-month extension of their lease beyond the past year to help accommodate its delays.
“We are grateful to the United Way for the extension. Access is vitally important to the people we serve. This allows us to keep a consistent location while we work on securing our new home,” shared Sam Price, President/CEO of Ten16 Recovery Network.
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