Hilltop Community Center

By: Narina Crain
By: Narina Crain

The landscape between Roscoe and Machesney Park will soon see another big change. Roscoe's United Methodist Church is building a 26,000 square foot ministry center at 8309 Mitchell Road.

The Hilltop Community Center is more than just a church. To create a safe and welcoming environment for the whole community, Hilltop will unite four programs and facilities here under one roof.

"That will include a gymnasium, coffee shop a daycare for 150 children. Beloit Memorial Hospital will have counseling in there, the Harlem Community Center will also have their program offices there," said Reverend Dr. Jay Carr of Roscoe's Christ United Methodist Church.

The four agencies will share space and programming that helps new families in Machesney Park.

"Machesney Park has been very encouraging of growth. As that growth happens we need to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of these people," said Dr. Carr.

Peanut Butter Playcare will relocate to the Hilltop Center and rename itself as Building Blocks Learning Center. Harlem Community Center will provide some programming for the kids at day care.

"They're not looking to expand their outdoor athletic portion of the program, looking to do more inside, tumbling, dance and cheerleading, tae kwon doe. They're looking to expand, not replace," said Lisa Abb of Roscoe UMC.

The kids will dance and tumble in a gymnasium. That's also where the church will hold some services.

"We're hoping the daycare will use that when the weather's not good and they have to stay inside. We also imagine open gym time," said Abb.

Beloit Memorial Hospital will have one or two offices in the center for counseling. Construction starts this summer. Funding for the project comes from donations. Construction is expected to be complete sometime next winter.


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