Still Waters Adult Day Center’s Second location at Eastgate Christian Church
In June, 2014, Still Waters Adult Day Center and the leadership of Castleton UMC adopted a plan for the next 5 years of the program’s operations and expansion. Titled, “Still Waters 5 Year Vision”, it outlined the collective thinking of many people in our sphere of operations including church leadership, staff, family caregivers, senior services professionals and funders.
During 2015, we devoted much time to the goal: “Explore the option of expanding to additional churches as satellite sites”.
We have been in discussions with Eastgate Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since early 2014 about the possibility of establishing a second Still Waters site at their campus. In early 2015, members of the Still Waters Advisory Team visited the facility located at 8100 E 16th St. A demographic analysis of the area was completed, along with preliminary budgets. The Advisory Team reported favorably to the Castleton UMC Leadership Team and additional visits were made by members of that group. A decision to enter into a Letter of Agreement with Eastgate was approved by the Castleton leadership in June, 2015.
In the meantime, Eastgate solicited construction bids to renovate approximately 3300 square feet of space in their Education Wing and received preliminary approval for financing. In early November, the Eastgate congregation approved borrowing to complete the project. A Letter of Intent to Lease was signed by both churches in November, 2015. A loan to Eastgate from Church Extension, the lending arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was finalized.
In March, 2016 a formal lease agreement between the two churches was signed. The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation awarded Still Waters a grant to assist with start-up costs and provide scholarship assistance to families who will use the Eastgate location.
In May, 2016 construction permits were issued and work officially began on the site. A launch date of August 1, 2016 has been set.
With each step in this journey, God’s plans have been revealed. A partnership between two churches of different denominations with no prior relationship requires extraordinary faith. There have been numerous obstacles along the way and certainly more will arise as we move from “talking” to “building”. At times, the pace of progress seemed to stop completely, but we now see that God has been working all of the time.
Please keep both churches in your prayers as we move forward with this new ministry in east Indianapolis. We are excited and humbled to have such a wonderful opportunity.
Kathy Pellman, Still Waters Director