By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A church will soon launch a campaign to develop a community gathering place serving Canadian County.
“The Corner” will be east of Yukon Parkway and south of Vandament on the Covenant Community Church campus, 2250 S Yukon Parkway.
The Corner will feature a coffee shop, women’s health clinic and community center/outdoor space.
Caitlin Hancock, community outreach director at Covenant Community Church, provided an overview of the project during the April 19th Canadian County Commissioners’ meeting.
“It’s a three-part building complex,” Hancock told meeting attendees. “It will include a coffee shop because that’s the natural ‘watering hole’ of this generation. That’s where we meet up.”
The women’s health clinic, in partnership with Gateway Express Testing, will be a place where life is celebrated, and women are cherished.
The clinic will provide prenatal testing for mothers and prenatal care for pregnant teens and women who choose life for their babies.
“There really isn’t anything like that in Canadian County or this side of Oklahoma City, so we’re really excited about that,” Hancock told county residents. “The future plan is to provide women’s health from 15 to 55 … as we see women are the most underserved and under-resourced population.”
The Corner’s community center and large outdoor gathering space will be for community, organizational and family events.
These could include food trucks, music from local artists, movie nights, and outdoor games.
“There will be rooms where we can do tutoring in partnership with Yukon Public Schools,” Hancock shared. “We can have life skills classes, ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and GED (General Education Degree) classes.”
YPS officials approached church leaders seeking more space for the after-school tutoring and classes. The church is not far from Yukon High School, 1777 S Yukon Parkway.
HAVING A VISION
The vision for The Corner is: “A gathering space for the body of Christ to connect with our neighbors and friends in order to encourage community, establish relationships, and engage missionally to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with our community.”
A $1.5 million capital campaign kicks off May 16. Funds will be raised for a 5,000 square foot building, parking lot, playground, pavilion, outdoor seating, and landscaping.
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