Thursday found Family Crisis Center of Johnson County officials understandably ecstatic as they busied themselves preparing their new location.
It’s quite a change from the current location tucked within a Cleburne neighborhood they’ve occupied since 1996.
“For a long time my dream for the center was to one day find a big house, something that feels like a home, not an office or institution,” said Jerri Vaughn, FCC executive director. “That’s what I told Debra Burns, our board president, and the next week she called and said, ‘I’ve got this place I want you to come look at.’ So [now we have] this great place out in the country in Cleburne.”
FCC purchased the property, which sits near the northern end of Cleburne city limits west of Texas 174, in June and began remodeling in November.
“We’re getting there,” FCC Program Director Deanne Derrick said. “We’ll begin moving our counseling and administrative offices out this week and hope to have our residents out here in the next two weeks.”
The center’s new home sits within the city limits proper, but far enough removed from the hustle and bustle to provide an escape of peaceful quiet and plenty of room for reflection and play.
An imposing, albeit welcoming, two-story house catches the eye as one drives into the center’s 14-acre spread. Soon the home will serve as FCC’s new living quarters providing living, dining and kitchen facilities as well as four bedrooms upstairs and two down.
“Look at these closets, it’s like heaven, they’re huge,” Derrick said, walking into one of the home’s several spacious closets. “This could almost be a room of its own.”
The furniture has yet to arrive, save an impressive wooden picnic-style dining table capable of accommodating 16.