OCRA, CARE Center Reach Agreement to Save Brockway Center
Nonprofit child advocacy center plans to break ground in spring 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 23, 2019 — An Oklahoma City home long used by the Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs will be saved, thanks to an agreement between The CARE Center (CARE) and the Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority (OCRA).
Under the terms of an agreement reached Monday, OCRA will purchase the house formerly known as the Brockway Center from CARE for $400,000.
“We learned of the Brockway Center’s history in February and since then, we have worked to find a solution that will honor the important work that was done there while expanding our vital services for abused children,” said Stacy McNeiland, CEO of The CARE Center. “OCRA provided the expertise and ideas we needed to develop a plan that benefits everyone. We’ve been part of this neighborhood for more than 25 years, and we expect to be part of it for generations to come.”
The Brockway Center at 1440 N. Everest Ave was purchased by CARE in 2018 as part of the nonprofit’s planned expansion. The property is directly west of CARE’s main campus at 1403 Ashton Place near the Oklahoma Capitol and University of Oklahoma Medical Center.
The Brockway Center sits on a large lot, much of which will be deeded back to CARE upon the completion of the sale. The deal is scheduled to close on or before Oct. 31. The additional property will provide necessary parking for CARE and its clients, and the nonprofit will build a new building on an existing parking lot just north of CARE’s main building.
“We are very pleased that the two organizations were able to work together to find a solution”, said Cathy O’Connor, OCRA president and CEO. “This partnership with The CARE Center expands vital community services and honors the work of the women who protested lynching, endorsed women’s suffrage and marched on behalf of civil rights.”
The CARE Center is Oklahoma County’s only child advocacy center providing services including forensic interviews, family advocacy, mental health services, medical exams resource referrals and abuse prevention education. Children involved in active abuse investigations go to The CARE Center to tell their story in an age-appropriate, non-leading interview that is recorded and used throughout the investigation.