Leelanau Christian Neighbors Closing on New Building

A new space will offer a local charity more opportunities to help those who need it.

Leelanau Christian Neighbors hopes to move soon — to a much needed building they can call their own.

Today Leelanau Christian Neighbors is closing on a new space that will make their services more accessible and efficient.

“We have been leasing space or using borrowed space throughout the community,” said Leelanau Christian Neighbors Director Mary Stanton. “We were in churches, we’ve been in people’s homes, and now we’re at the school.”

After many moves, today Leelanau Christian Neighbors is inside Suttons Bay Schools.

But that space won’t always be there for them.

“The school is talking about either tearing this wing down or building an aquatic center here, so we thought it was time to find a place where we could determine our future.”

So they will finally get a place to call their own.

A building in the center of Lake Leelanau, near organizations like the Women’s Resource Center and the Health Department.

“Especially with our Neighborhood Assistance Ministry Program, we can have visiting organizations come in that want to help our neighbors in different ways than what we can do.”

The current building doesn’t have much private space, but the new building will have private consultation rooms where people can have one on one conversations.

“Every week we add two to three families to our food pantry. Our baby pantry seems like we’re having a big influx of babies coming along.”

The goal of their capital campaign is to raise 600,000 dollars.

So far they’re about a third of the way there.

Now they’re looking to the community to help provide them with a permanent home for years to come.

“Over 20 percent of kids below poverty level in Leelanau County, So there’s definitely a need,” said Volunteer Nancy Popa. “We still need some help. We have great community support, but this is a big deal for us.”

Leelanau Christian Neighbors hopes to be completely moved into the new space by spring.