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Sept. 05, 2012

Hays County Commissioners Court Helps

Scheib Center Reach Building Goal

 

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court recently voted to help complete the Scheib Center’s new Mental Health building by contributing $50,000 from the County’s Tobacco Settlement Fund to the Center’s “New Building, New Futures” fund drive. The Center had requested assistance from the County, noting that it had competed for and was awarded a new metal building shell from the Mueller Helping Hand project and needed some $375,000 to complete the building under the terms of the competition. The Center has held fund drives and has already raised much of the money needed to meet its goal.

“The Court as a whole understands the valuable asset we have in the Scheib Mental Health Center,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley said. “Law enforcement, medical centers, schools, social services and individuals in Hays County rely on the Scheib Center to ensure those with mental disabilities receive proper care. The population growth in Hays County has stretched the Center’s resources beyond the maximum and the new building is very much needed to meet the increased demand that comes along with that growth.”

The Scheib Center estimates that for every $1 spent at the Scheib Center, the taxpayer saves $5 because the center’s programs keep individuals out of courts, jails and emergency rooms.

“We all are impressed with the initiative shown by the Scheib Center board of directors and staff in entering and winning the competition and pulling together their tremendous fund-raising effort,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe said. “The Center saw an opportunity to help itself and we’re glad that the County can show its appreciation for all the Center does by helping with this effort.” 

“We are very grateful for this generous donation from the County,” said Lisa Spencer, Chairperson for the Scheib Center Board of Directors. “The local community has also amazed us by continuing to send in donations of all sizes. We appreciate every dollar that comes our way so that we can better serve those who need our assistance in their struggles to become well and take their place as productive members of Hays County society.”

Under the terms of the competition, the Scheib Center is responsible for funding the foundation, parking lot, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, interior walls, doors and flooring, plus a breezeway to link the new building to its existing building. The building shell must be completed by 1 p.m. on October 4 so that theTexas Country Reporter TV show can tape the dedication ceremony. To make that happen, more than 40 Mueller company volunteers will be in town to raise the shell of the building beginning October 1. Texas Country Reporter will feature the Scheib Center and the building process on the show it airs over the Thanksgiving weekend.

To donate to the Center’s building fund, send a check to Scheib Center Building Fund, 1200 N. Bishop Street, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley ... presented a $50,000 check from Hays County to the Scheib Center to help fund the Center’s new mental health building. [In attenance were] Scheib employees Dr. Clay Ross, Carol White, who accepted the check on behalf of the Center, Brandy Bennett, RN; Laura Carpenter, Jennifer Crookham, Jeannette Gastineau, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Jo Knight, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant. The Commissioners Court members met with staff to tour the construction site and express admiration for the work that Scheib Center does for all of Hays County.

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