By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The time has come to dust off the Millington Crisis Center.
The staff and Board of Directors of the Crisis Center decided in late September to temporarily close the 8133 Wilkinsville Road location for the month of October to revamp it.
“We’re going to be closed the month of October to revamp our bylaws, get our place really cleaned up,” Crisis Center Director Lois Wilber said. “We’ll still be taking donations. And we’ll still be taking TerraCycle. We need some time literally to take everything out and clean the room. We’re doing some renovations.”
The Crisis Center has been around for several years serving the needs of area residents ranging from clothing, food items, health information and assistance on bills.
Hundreds use the services provided by the Crisis Center including 536 in the previous month.
“You do not have time to really do what you need to do,” Wilber acknowledged. “The other thing is that you’re so exhausted from helping people and listening to people’s stories, finding out what they need. It’s hard.”
The staff of the Millington Crisis Center takes on many roles from advisers to counselors. The closure will determine which of those volunteers will continue to serve.
“The Board is going to be very busy writing our bylaws, policy statements and setting up our annual budgets,” Interim Chairperson of the Board Callie Bolyard noted.
The Crisis Center has typically served the 38053 zip code and some parts of Tipton County and Northaven. The new boundaries might cut of Northaven with other outlets serving that community and open the door to the Waverly area.
“We have to reevaluate where we’re going with the Center,” Bolyard said. “The Center has been going just alone for so long. We have to meet our clients’ needs and they’re starting to change a little.
“We need to take some time to think about exactly what those changes are and what direction we want to take our donations for the budget,” she concluded.
The Crisis Center will be open in time for the holidays, with the scheduled return date being Nov. 4. In the meanwhile, donations and TerraCycle will still be taken throughout the month of October.
The Food Pantry (873-2771) is still operation and those in need can call MIFA (527-0208), CSA Rent (222-4220) and CASS Utilities (222-4315).