The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 17, 2013

Burlington breaks ground for chapel on Beckley Campus

A groundbreaking ceremony for Burlington United Methodist Family Services Chapel and Community Based Services building was held Thursday on Burlington’s Beckley Campus.

Chief Operations Officer Sheila Walker gave the welcome to all in attendance and Chief Executive Officer Mike Price gave the greeting.

Gladys Lafferty and her sister, Ruth Webb, both faithful supporters of Burlington's Beckley Campus, were in attendance. Lafferty spoke about the history of the campus and how the chapel has been a dream of theirs since Beckley Campus began providing services to children, youth and families.

She had shared her dream of a chapel on the Beckley Campus with Rev. Virgil Cook, who opened the Beckley Child Care Center in 1961.

His dream of expanding the ministries at Beckley included a chapel for the residents to enjoy.

Board Chair David Lucas; Dallas Forren, chair for the United Methodist’s Division of Health and Welfare Ministries; architect Dan Snead and Kelly Dyke, district director on behalf of Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., were all given an opportunity to offer their remarks about the building project.

Board member Tom Grafton brought the prayer and Rev. Dr. Randy Flanagan presented the liturgy, “That this building may house ministries which bring healing and wholeness to hurting children and families, restoring the Creator’s original intention to all those who are served herein, we break this ground today.”

The building will include a chapel and office space for Community Based Services. Burlington’s community based services on the Beckley Campus include Foster Care and Right from the Start.

Burlington is one of the largest, most diverse child and family service organizations in West Virginia, meeting the needs of children, youth and families in residential treatment, foster care, Right from the Start and hundreds of other children and families through a variety of family based outreach programs.

Burlington has raised $325,000 toward the $819,000 needed to complete the project. Community support is needed to reach the goal.

The building is projected to be completed June 30, 2014.

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