More than 200 guests stopped by COBYS Family Services open house events at Murry Hill Center on June 10 and 13. Located at 444 Murry Hill Circle in Lancaster, the 13,600-square-foot facility houses adoption, foster care, and family life education staff.
The open house events featured tours of the renovated facility, program displays, and staff presentations of services. In addition, a dedication service was led by Executive Director Mark Cunningham on June 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 13. Click here to view a YouTube video of the June 10th dedication service. Click here to read the Open House Speech.
COBYS purchased the building in January for $1.1 million to help alleviate severe over-crowding at our main office in the historic mill at 1417 Oregon Road in Leola. Murry Hill Center is centrally-located between the main office and two COBYS facilities in downtown Lancaster. It is an additional location for COBYS; all other buildings are being retained. The main office continues to house administration and counseling staff.
Since January, COBYS has invested about $250,000 in upgrades to the new facility, including new roofing and siding, replacement of more than 180 light fixtures with energy efficient LEDs, new carpet and paint, and various repairs. Renovation costs to the 1970s structure would have been much higher, if not for the generous response of more than 60 volunteers who provided nearly 700 hours of labor.
In late February, 24 adoption and foster care staff moved into new offices at Murry Hill Center. Seven family life education staff joined them in March, moving from their downtown Lancaster location.