Methodist Family Health broke ground Tuesday on its $5.2 million Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center in Little Rock.
Construction of this facility will begin in October and should be completed in summer 2022. It will replace the original chapel on Methodist Family Health’s oldest campus, Methodist Children’s Home, located on South Fillmore Street near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus.
In October 2020, the Mabee Foundation awarded a challenge grant of $950,000 to Methodist Family Health for the construction of the center. This challenge grant stipulated Methodist Family Health Foundation raise the total project cost of $4,256,175 by Oct.13, 2021. The challenge was met in July 2021, and a total $4,259,671.72 has been raised.
Methodist Family Health is the state’s only “complete continuum of care” for Arkansas children and families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues, according to the foundation. The new center is named in memory of Mike Millar, a lifelong United Methodist from Searcy who served on both Methodist Family Health’s operational and foundation boards. The chapel of the center is named in memory of Elaine and Bishop Kenneth Hicks.
In a press release, Carolyn McCone, CFRE, executive director of Methodist Family Health Foundation, said:
“In addition to the Elaine and Bishop Kenneth Hicks Chapel, this center will include a multipurpose space, a welcome center for the campus, and administrative space for our Methodist Children’s Home administrators. We also will include an outdoor labyrinth, new landscaping and enhanced parking to complement the center. The facility will also provide space for community partners to meet for neighborhood association meetings and community education.”
For more information about the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center or Methodist Family Health, visit MethodistFamily.org.