Women’s Resource Center to move to new location

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Rendering courtesy Women's Resource Center

A nonprofit equipping women for workplace success will move into a new location.

After 20 years of providing programs and services from an office at 678 Front Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is preparing to relocate to a new headquarters at 816 Madison Ave. SE.

With its recently launched Propel capital campaign, WRC hopes to invest $2 million into the new space, expand programs and increase visibility in the community.

Sandra Gaddy, CEO of WRC, said the campaign and the move will help the center lead more women toward meaningful employment opportunities.

“We simply lack the space necessary to offer a full range of programs as the demand for our services increases,” Gaddy said. “The campaign will allow us to be able to serve more than 700 women each year and offer more diverse and enhanced services and programs in our new space.”

The 6,234-square-foot space will have more capacity for training through classes and workshops and will expand WRC’s Business Boutique offerings. The center can also provide a new drop-in child care center for mothers attending WRC classes.

“Location matters,” Gaddy said. “The new location will provide us closer proximity to many of the women we’re serving and provide access to services for those we’re currently not yet reaching.”

The new headquarters also positions the center less than a mile away from seven of its community partner organizations.

Currently, WRC has earned $1.6 million toward its campaign funding goal. A silent phase began in fall 2021, and a public launch occurred on April 28.

Following a successful campaign, Gaddy said WRC hopes to break ground on construction and renovations for the current building on the Madison Avenue property within a couple months. Erhardt Construction will serve as the general contractor for the project.

Gaddy said the center plans to move into space by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

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