The former downtown YWCA will reopen later this month as a church that plans to offer various social services to the wider community.
Treasuring Christ Church plans to move into its new location at 554 E. Hargett St. in time for church services Aug. 25. The church bought the property earlier this year for $895,000.
The YWCA closed abruptly in February 2012 because of financial troubles, leaving a gap in the city’s network of social services. The YWCA offerings included community classes, lunches from Meals on Wheels and child care.
Sean Cordell, the lead pastor of the 200-member Treasuring Christ congregation, said church officials hope to play an active role in community life.
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“We are committed to being downtown to be a bridge between two cities: the upwardly mobile and the underserved,” he said.
Already the Church has partnered with Wake County and nonprofit groups to offer jobs classes and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Plans for more services are in the works.
For the past eight years, Treasuring Christ has bounced between locations, including spending the past four years in the IMAX theater on Moore Square. Moving into a permanent location is a big plus, Cordell said.
“We are really excited,” he said. “It’s a sprint right now to get everything ready.”
The church also will partner with the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, which is located across the street. The church and school will share resources such as parking.
Wake schools considered purchasing the property as a possible site for a future school, but the deal fell through when county commissioners rejected the school board's deal to buy the YWCA.