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VOL. 111 | NO. 235 | Thursday, December 18, 1997

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Exchange Club Family Center to move to Union Exchange Club Family Center to move to Union By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News The Exchange Club Family Center in Memphis has purchased a building at 2180 Union Ave. and will move its offices from 3000 Walnut Grove Road in February. The Exchange Club Family Center, which is an organization funded primarily by the National Exchange Club and outside donations, purchased the property from H & V Properties for $850,000, according to a warranty deed filed in the Shelby County Registers Office. The center financed pledges totaling $350,000 through First Commercial Bank of Memphis to finance part of the transaction, according to a deed of trust filed in the registers office. The new building has 18,000 square feet of space, compared to the 9,000-square-foot building the center currently leases on Walnut Grove. Looney Ricks Kiss Architects is the architect on the renovation. "We just needed more space to run the many programs we have," said Ellen Griffin, the Exchange Clubs First Steps program director. "We will have additional classroom space with the new building." The Exchange Club Family Center offers counseling services to victims of domestic abuse, single parents and pregnant women in need. "We will be able to give a lot more services with the new building and will be able to serve a lot more people," said Sondra South, agency administrator. "We will be able to have ongoing classes with a place to have individual counseling. Right now, we have to look for a corner to have any privacy." Barbara King, Exchange Club of Memphis executive director, said the center raised the entire amount needed to purchase the property, plus additional funds to make renovations to the new building. King said the centers options were to have a building donated or raise the money to buy one. She said the buildings offered were not suitable, so the center raised the money needed in three months. South said the Exchange Club Family Center in Memphis has 16 full-time staff members and several volunteers. "What makes our agency so unique is that the volunteers go into the homes," South said. "They are assigned to parents, and they become almost a mentor to the parents. They take the children to the movies or to the circus or to McDonalds." The Exchange Club is an all-volunteer, national service organization for people who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and make new friends. Exchange is made up of nearly 1,000 clubs and 33,000 members in the United States and Puerto Rico. There are four chapters of the Exchange Club in Memphis Memphis, East Memphis, Frayser and Trezevant Manor.

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