Another building to help those involved with the Conway Human Development Center will begin construction soon, and a celebration was held Thursday.
A ceremonial ground breaking took place for the new CHDC Parent Guest House, which will give relatives and guardians of CHDC clients a place to stay when they visit. Three separate rooms and a living area will be built in the 1,950 square foot building.
"The community has unbelievable in their support," said Sally Sellers, Volunteer Coordinator for CHDC. "We also have a volunteer council that did a tremendous job raising money."
Sellers said the project has been gestating for about four years. About $230,000 has been raised for the house, which will help family members who may not be able to afford hotel bills when visiting their loved ones.
"This also makes their experience much more personal," Sellers said. "They are able to spend more time here because they do not have to leave the campus. Many family members live far away, and this will give them more options when coming to visit."
CHDC Superintendent Calvin Price said he hoped some real ground to be broken in October.
"I hope we can get started very quickly on this," Price said. "I think you will be able to see some brick and mortar in the spot very soon."
Price was also very complimentary of the volunteers that put their time into the process, citing many obstacles that had to be overcome. He was especially appreciative of architect Rik Sowell, who was on hand for the ceremony.
"We would always run into a problem," Price said. "And Rik would be able to take care of it in a matter of weeks. He has been indispensable."
The CHDC is also getting ready for its Walk-A-Thon on Oct. 6. Sellers said more than 200 sponsors have donated time and money to the event.
"We could not be happier with the support we receive," she said.