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TCM Counseling celebrates 40 years, new building

Krystle Wagner • Oct 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

With a pair of large scissors, TCM Counseling’s staff and its Board of Directors cut the ceremonial ribbon to a new home on Tuesday.

Community members and leaders celebrated TCM Counseling’s new location at 1703 S. Despelder St. in Grand Haven and 40 years of service to the area.

TCM Board President Pastor Dan Ward said they are humbled, blessed and grateful for the support they received. The community stepped up in “significant ways,” and they are moved by it, he said.

Ward thanked the organization’s founding churches for responding to the need for mental health care, which is growing.

TCM Executive Director Sarah Lewakowski thanked everyone who supported the capital campaign, Building Hope.

“We are so thankful to have this new home,” she said.

Lewakowski praised Grand Haven Area Community Foundation President Holly Johnson for a program-related investment that helped TCM buy and renovate the building. She also thanked Terry French for helping turn the empty building into a “warm space where hope can begin and healing can continue.”

For about a year and a half, a facilities committee toured buildings and houses, looked at plans, and made some hard decisions, Lewakowski said. Additionally, Kate Cather and Paige Riopelle stepped into the roles of project manager, put in “countless hours,” and met with French on how to “put the dreams into reality,” Lewakowski said.

When Lewakowski started working at the counseling agency 13 years ago, Peter Yoshonis was on the Board of Directors. Lewakowski thanked him because she doesn’t think anyone could have imagined this is what TCM would be at for its 40th anniversary.

“That set the tone for where we are going,” she said.

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