SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Relief Nursery officially opened its newest location in Springfield on Thursday morning with a special ribbon cutting.
Organizers say it’s been a nearly decade-long process and they’re excited about what they’ll be able to accomplish with the expansion. Kelly Sutherland, the Relief Nursery’s Executive Director, says the new center is long overdue, because more than 30% of children they serve in Eugene are from Springfield.
“Now with this building committed to them in their community, we’re able to provide these services for them directly. We know it will make an impact. In the days that we’ve been here, we’ve had some administration staff in the building for quite some time with families walking up and walking through the door saying, ‘We’re so happy that you’re here. We’ve been waiting for you.'”
The new space is slightly larger than the Eugene location. While it will only have six classrooms, it has space for other services like a counseling and observation room.