Second Mile Mission Center celebrated the grand opening of its new Missouri City facility at 1135 Highway 90A.
Second Mile pioneers, elected officials and other community members gathered to officially dedicate the building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Board Chairman Jamey Webster led a special dedication for Second Mile’s health clinic, which has been renamed Pat McWaters Health Clinic. Pat McWaters volunteered in almost every area of Second Mile for more than 10 years, with a particular passion for the clinic. She passed away in April after fighting heroically against stage IV breast cancer.
The decision to move was announced April 2012 and construction began in the summer. The facility opened for services Feb. 1. At 15,000 square-feet, the building is an expanded version of Second Mile’s previous facilities and includes a warehouse to store donated goods, a food pantry, clothing room, medical and dental clinic and counseling offices. Second Mile will continue to serve Fort Bend County residents in need.
“This is an incredible time for Second Mile as we open this new facility and continue to meet critical needs of our neighbors. At the same time, we are expanding our programs that go directly into the neediest neighborhoods to get to know and help our neighbors in need,” said Executive Director Sarah White.
Second Mile has served Fort Bend County 23 years providing food, clothing, health care and other basic needs for individuals in crisis. The new location is only two miles away from the previous one and borders Tang City Drive, just north of Texas Parkway. The building was designed with the goal of giving individuals-in-need a comfortable experience and having room to grow as needed.
“The Murphy Road location served Second Mile and the community very well,” said Board Chairman Jamey Webster. “As the years passed by, it was time to make serious renovations or look at options for a new facility. We looked at what Second Mile could afford to pay, and with a great deal of research and prayer, we were able to lease a new facility built from the ground up with our needs in mind.”
After a groundbreaking in April, volunteers stepped in to install cabinetry and desks, apply finishes to flooring, clean the windows and help move truckloads of equipment and materials to the new location.
An open house for the general public will take place on Thursday, March 21.