the CARE CEnter & The brockway center
The CARE Center, a child advocacy nonprofit, and the Oklahoma City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs (OCFCWC), an organization dedicated to advancing moral, social, economic and spiritual welfare of families, announced a memorandum of understanding regarding the Brockway Center. The OCFCWC owned the Brockway Center from 1968 to 2011. The CARE Center is the fourth owner of the home since 2011.
“The work our members did at the Brockway Center is important,” said Sandra Finney, OCFCWC president. “We want to make sure their contributions to our community are remembered, and that the mission of advancing women and families lives on.”
“These ladies are dedicated to improving the lives of the people in our community and to giving a voice to people who can’t speak for themselves,” said McNeiland. “That’s what The CARE Center is about too. Once we recognized that shared mission, we were able to come to an agreement that allows both organizations to fulfill that goal – each in its own way.
“Because of this property, our history was already connected, and now we have a shared future, too,” McNeiland said. “We’ve learned so much about each other already. Together, we’ll be unstoppable.”
highlights of the memorandum of understanding include:
• Subject to availability, The CARE Center will permanently provide a designated space at no charge within the new facility for OCFCWC use for meetings;
• A room dedicated to the history of the Federation, including a display of historic markers regarding the OCFCWC;
• A marker at the curb of the new facility with a picture of the Brockway Center building at the 1440 N. Everest site,
including a brief history of the OCFCWC prepared and submitted by the OCFCWC; and
• A permanent marker attached to the structure near the front entrance of the new CARE Center facility acknowledging the rich history of the OCFCWC.