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The Board of Directors of The Children's Center of Medina County invited the community to attend an open house August 11, at the Center's new location, 724 East Smith Road, Medina.

The supportive community members were greeted at the door by Board President Brian Cullen and Economic Development Director/Board member Kimberly Marshall.

Guests freely toured the two levels of the building. The upper level houses the Child Advocacy Center Services, Anti-Human Trafficking Services, and Staff Offices. The lower one houses the Family Visitation Center and child-friendly playrooms.

Executive Director Rhonda Wurgler and the staff members were available to give brief descriptions of how each area served the needs of the children, or simply visit and answer general questions about the Center's daily activities. Everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments provided by Spokes Cafe. Children were entertained with face painting.

This year, instead of "planting" pinwheels in front of St. Francis Xavier Church, the 823 pinwheels representing abused children were on display in the front yard of the Center.

Development Director Anny Guy-Leach said special thanks went to Renee Schneider and George Houghtaling for putting together a group of people who literally drilled all 823 holes into the hard crowd so the pinwheels could be put on display.

The new 5,200 square foot facility, a recently expanded property located near the Square in Medina, offers additional space and state-of-the-art equipment, and will be able to more effectively meet the community's growing need to serve abused and neglected children and their families.

On July 19, an official ribbon cutting ceremony and donor preview was held, attended by several local and state dignitaries who have been staunch supporters of the Children's Center and the work it does under the guidance of Executive Director Rhonda Wurgler.

Among those present were Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi, Commissioners Bill Hutson and Pat Geissman, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, Representative Steve Hambley, Westfield Corporate Responsibility Leader Jani Groza, and representatives from the offices of Governor Mike DeWine, Attorney General David Yost, and Senator Sherrod Brown.

Anyone wishing to help may do so in any number of ways: by donating to The Children's Center, volunteering, joining a committee, becoming a Board member, using your voice against the abuse of children, and attending the Center's fundraisers.

For additional information, please call 330-591-2682, or visit www.medinacountychildrenscenter.org.