By Conrad Dudderar
A new county-wide service ministry is expected to debut by mid-December, Canadian County leaders recently learned.
A building to house this multi-phase ministry is now under construction on the west side of Trinity Baptist Church’s 30-acre campus, 620 N Cemetery Road.
“The ‘Together We Center’ will be open on the second Sunday in December,” Trinity senior pastor Brian Mills recently told Canadian County Commissioners.
A ribbon cutting is planned to celebrate the occasion.
Trinity community outreach pastor Brian Grider, the City of Mustang’s mayor, will be the new helping ministry’s executive director.
The Together We Center will feature a 2,500 square foot Faith Clinic (free medical clinic), 2,000 square foot food pantry and 1,000 square foot clothing boutique serving people across Canadian County.
Yukon’s Manna Pantry will be housed inside the center, moving from a small dwelling at 123 S 6th the local food bank has occupied since 2004.
“We’ll provide medical care, food and clothing,” Mills advised Canadian County officials. “Then we want to expand it in the future so that we can provide so many options.”
The Together We Center could eventually have a barber shop, dental clinic, free/discounted vehicle repairs, and counseling services.
Canadian County’s population has increased 33.6% over the past decade to 154,405, according to the official 2020 U.S. Census. Much of this growth is in the Yukon and Mustang area.
Some 8% of Canadian County residents live below the poverty level and about 14% percent are uninsured.
“Our county is growing and (the population) is significantly up from just a few years ago,” Mills said. “So, we’re seeing a lot of new people come to our church as a result of it. Our church has grown over 150% in the past two years.”
The Together We project is being developed in phases, with construction funded through a grant and donations totaling well over $1 million.
“The local church can serve the community in a way that just says, ‘We’re here to make this county better’,” Mills told Canadian County Commissioners and other county personnel.
Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart thanked Trinity church representatives for “taking something good and making it better.”