Better Living Center Opens in Goldendale

October 01, 2012 | Elaine Kubler

Sunday, July 8, was especially hot as the Goldendale (Wash.) Church family dedicated the new Better Living Center after more than a year of construction. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included Clint Baze, Goldendale mayor; Randy Terry, Upper Columbia Conference treasurer; Tim Gray, Goldendale Church pastor; and Carlyle Mason, construction manager.

After the ribbon cutting, thanks were in order to many of the attendees, including volunteers who did most of the construction. Then the group enjoyed finger foods prepared by church members.

The building offers an attractive interior with wood on the ceilings, a tile floor and the walls beautifully done. To allow organizations such as the Red Cross to use the building in emergency situations, the center includes showers for people who have had to leave their homes. Other planned uses include community events, spiritual programs and health classes. Learning opportunities planned for the center include classes covering CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program), cooking, exercise, stress reduction, depression recovery, weight management, family life, marriage and parenting.