Care Net Owensboro had something to celebrate recently as they opened their new location on 18th and Sweeney streets after years of searching for a new space, as the nonprofit outgrew their former Triplett Street building.
“One of my favorite things about our new facility is the visibility offered by the new location,” said Executive Director Lisa Hyland. “I hope and expect that this will allow us to help even more young people in our community.”
Tasha Whittaker, a nurse at Care Net, said the staff is thankful for the move. From the nurse’s perspective, she calls everything “so convenient.”
“It was well thought out,” Whittaker said. “One can go from the central station to either the medical side with labs or the other side to meet with clients. The rooms are beautifully decorated — tranquil, peaceful.”
When donors offered generous support, Care Net found themselves in a new position — occupying a space that is totally paid for.
“We came from a building where we paid rent and now we owe nothing,” Whittaker said. “We believe it was only possible by people stepping up to the plate — from the decorations to the furnishings, to those offering their services,”
Care Net offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, and educational courses for first-time parents. They also offer STD testing, treatment, and education at no charge. They provide incentives called essential gifts for expectant mothers who complete the educational course.
“Every time you complete a portion, you receive an essential gift — diapers, wipes, baby shampoo,” Whittaker said. “Most first-time moms find it really beneficial; they watch a streamlined video and answer questions. After you complete the entire course, you are eligible for a car seat or a play yard.”
While their annual banquet and Care Net Reindeer Run 5K are big contributors to their yearly support, the nonprofit depends on donors who pledge monthly or through one-time donations.
Being able to improve their physical space is just an added bonus. Community Relations Coordinator Lisa Merritt said she enjoys having a new space.
”It’s beautiful,” Merritt said. “That’s the first thing people say when they come in. Everyone comments. We are thankful to be here.”
Julie Durbin, who was in charge of the interior design of the building, brought in furnishings that the staff describe as elegant. Much of the remodeling and design services were donated or heavily discounted.
“It’s an unbelievable building, one of the nicest in Owensboro,” Whittaker said. “The ambiance is great; you walk in and it’s beautiful, decorated tastefully, and clean. We love to go to work. We are giddy to get in there.”