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Mary's Place relief nursery quickly taking shape

The organization moves into its new home at Joyful Servant Lutheran church; grand opening in the fall


A Family Place, Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s (LCSNW) emerging relief nursery program, is one step closer to opening a location in Newberg after moving into its recently renovated space adjacent to Joyful Servant Lutheran Church.

The church has spent approximately $70,000 renovating the church’s old office building since it selected A Family Place as the program it would host. Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Movin' in - Jon Johnson (left) and Kevin Nolan, both of First Federal, move furniture into Mary's Place, a relief nursery that will open late this fall, in the former Joyful Servant Lutheran Church office building on Friday.

The Newberg location will be known as Mary’s Place, in honor of longtime Joyful Servant member Mary Sandegar, and staff will move in once a permanent occupancy permit is approved, hopefully by Sept. 1, according to director of community engagement Elaine Burke.

“They worked pretty closely with us to understand what our needs would be for the space and make sure the remodel reflects those needs,” Burke said. “It’s been about a nine-month process.”

Movers delivered furniture and completed the move of the clothing closet and its diaper bank programs from Newberg Friends Church on Friday.

Although the relief nursery will not offer it’s first class, which will be for 2-year-olds, until January, it does have three events planned for this fall as it hires and trains staff.

The first will be a dedication ceremony by the church Aug. 25, followed by the free Champions for Children Luncheon at noon Oct. 22 at the Chehalem Cultural Center. A Family Place intends to engage community supporters to draw people to the event, which will include a presentation on the organization and what Mary’s Place will provide.

“If people want to be a table sponsor, a table of eight people, that would be fantastic,” Burke said. “They can attend on their own and we’ll place them at tables, but right now we’re really looking for table sponsors. The tables are free even for the table captains.”

The last event will be a grand opening featuring the Newberg Greeters Nov. 21.

A Family Place director Cara Copeland also said the organization has received grants from Newberg Noon Rotary, Newberg Early Bird Rotary and Newberg Kiwanis to purchase furniture, toys and curriculum for its nursery classroom, sponsor the front room and install fencing around its playground, respectively.

Local group Widow’s Might has already volunteered one of its monthly meeting times to bundling diapers.

“The community support makes it so much more exciting because everybody has really rallied to help get this off the ground,” she said. “We’ve done presentations with the Rotary clubs and Kiwanis and everywhere we go, people are so interested in figuring out how they can be involved.”

The building will also host some LCSNW staff, which will provide family counseling and play therapy services as is done out of the county office in McMinnville, which is also the local headquarters for A Family Place and houses the existing nursery classroom.

“It will be nice for the Lutheran side to have a Newberg location, also, because we do have staff in Newberg that works with families in their homes,” Burke said. “This will be a spot for them to land as well when they’re in that community.”

For more information, call Burke at 1-503-472-4020 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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