"The Place" Says Thank You to Mayo Clinic

Created: 03/19/2014 6:02 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's a project eight years in the making. The Place. It's a joint facility for the Boys and Girls Club, and Head Start. 

The children in the Head Start program know when it's time to play, they know when its story time, but what they may not know is the years of work it took to get this building put together. It's a building that houses Head Start, and the Boys and Girls Club. 

"We want to integrate programs so we can serve kids from birth, all the way to college/career ready without gaps in service," said Jodi Millerbernd, the executive director for the Boys and Girls Club. 

Leaders at The Place say it was a community effort to get up and running; an effort that included Mayo Clinic, and it's $650,000 donation. 

"It was really unbelievable. This doesn't happen in other places. I've worked in different areas across the state. And there's such a spirit of cooperation in this community," said Sandra Simar, the director of Head Start. 

"The idea of working together is terribly important to Mayo Clinic," said Mayo's CEO Dr. John Noseworthy. He was at the dedication ceremony Wednesday.  

"You're changing lives in the community and making a huge investment in making this community stronger and that's terribly important to all of us who have the privilege of living here," said Dr. Noseworthy. 

All of that work, and all of those people, all to make sure the kids get to keep reading stories, and have the chance at a brighter future. 

Not only did Mayo donate money to the place, they also commissioned local artist Greg Wimmer to create a mural for the building. That part of the building is now called the "Mayo Clinic Head Start Wing."