In the fall of 2003, members of the Wellington-Napoleon communities came together to discuss the future of their communities and to develop a plan for a better tomorrow. Concerned citizens from these two rural west-central Missouri towns spent time brainstorming together on topics from schools and education to churches to community programs. Through hours of discussion and inter-action, they developed a list of top priorities to positively impact quality of life in their communities and for the residents of western Lafayette County.
A key priority was determined to be a multi-purpose building. The goal for the facility is to serve as a center for programs which will have a direct impact on improved quality of life for area residents with a special focus on youth and senior citizens. A task force was formed to investigate the feasibility of building a multi-purpose facility and to develop a plan to make this a reality. after extensive review of the needs of the area, it was determined that the initial discussions were not only current, the actual needs were much greater than originally identified.
Fundraising for the project began in October 2005. A non-profit corporation was formed and six directors took office. The project and ensuing building was named the Community Christian Center (CCC). An initial boost to the project came from St. Luke EFC (church) in Wellington as the congregation agreed to lease land to the CCC for $1.00 per year. The lease includes acreage to accommodate the building and parking and also future playing fields. Ground breaking ceremonies were held in November 2007 with actual construction beginning in October 2008.
It was with the support of NAP and YOP tax credits from the state of Missouri, plus another $300,000 grant from Missouri that helped push the fund-raising to a total of $1.7 million. Essentially all of these funds have been invested in the building.
The 18,000 sq. ft. facility opened in mid-November 2009 with sports program, a community cafe, full kitchen and meal service three days per week. The upper level in the near future to include a number of meeting rooms and facility offices.
Board of Directors:
- Don Borgman-- President
- Kent Emison-- Secretary
- Alberta Block-- Treasurer
- Lynn Fahrmeier
- Linda Niendick
- Rachel Kropp
- Nora Dinse
- Cumi Helm
- Mindy Hampton
If you have a question for the CCC that’s not answered here, or just want to learn more about this exciting facility, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CCC at 816-934-2707 and share your thoughts.