The next eight months will be ones of change for the Community Services League as renovations begin on the organization’s new home in Independence.

The next eight months will be ones of change for the Community Services League as renovations begin on the organization’s new home in Independence.

Almost 50 people attended a groundbreaking event Saturday at the CSL’s future location, 404 N. Noland Road. The new 13,000-square-foot central resources building will house all of the CSL’s services – emergency assistance, housing counseling and work express as well as have enough space to serve even more individuals in the community.

“Today is about relationships – establishing them, growing them and realizing their potential,” said Michael Levine, director of CSL. “The past three years have been rewarding, but challenging at the same time. We did what we needed to do and are now ready to embark on the next chapter of our history.”

CSL’s capital campaign to raise money for the new facility begin in March 2009. Since then, more than $2 million has been raised including the CSL’s largest single donation in its history, $250,000 from the Hall Family Foundation. During the construction process, the south first floor will be demolished and rebuilt.

“Community Services League has a rich history of providing for the less fortunate through caring and compassion,” said Helen Hatridge, president of the Board of Directors. “The philosophy and mission has remained the same. This new facility will give us a better opportunity of meeting the needs of our clientele.”

Katherine Barton, past president of the CSL Board of Directors, said she is pleased with the organization’s fundraising for the new facility especially  since the tough economic times have created more need for CSL services.

“Some donations have been small, others have been large, but so many have helped in anyway they could,” she said. “Together, we can provide more space and a better facility for our staff to serve more of the disadvantaged. I thank everyone for making this possible. As we break ground on this structure, it is the first step into a very bright future.”