Project manager Bloyce Pruett cuts a ribbon Friday afternoon marking completion of the first phase of the Tucker Renewal Center project at the old Tucker Hotel in downtown Pleasant Hill. The revitalized space will provide a conference room and meeting area, food pantry, offices, lobby and kitchen facilities for Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy programs to help the less fortunate in the community. The open house and ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday gave the public an opportunity to tour the remodeled hotel, learn more about Lay Clergy program and what’s ahead for the Tucker Renewal Center in the second phase.
New role for the Tucker
By BETTY BEASON
Times Staff Writer ..The public joined the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council last Friday afternoon in marking completion of the first phase of the Tucker Renewal Center project. ..The revitalized space in the historic Tucker Hotel in downtown Pleasant Hill is providing a conference and meeting area, food pantry, offices, lobby and kitchen fatilities for Lay Clergy programs that help the less fortunate in the community. ..Those who attended Friday afternoon’s grand opening and ribbon cutting had an opportunity to tour the completed area, learn about current Lay Clergy services and offer input for additional services. They were encouraged to become involved in the Lay Clergy Council’s mission.
..Rev. Carl Knapp, pastor of the Macon Methodist Church and formerly pastor of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, served as the first project coordinator of the Tucker Renewal Center.
..Rev. Knapp attended the grand opening last week and he was impressed that the first phase of the renovation has been completed by many faithful volunteers and without any financial debt. ..The Lay Clergy Council bought the Old Tucker Hotel in 2011 for $70,000 cash. ..Their plan was to transform the historic old building into useful space that could be used to help restore people’s lives to health, happiness, hope and wholeness. ..Pastor Knapp and other speakers at the open house expressed delight in how much the team of volunteers has been able to accomplish over the past three years. When Pastor Knapp left Pleasant Hill, he turned project coordinator responsibilities over to United Methodist Church member Bloyce Pruett. ..Pruett had worked side by side with Pastor Knapp on the Tucker restoration project since the beginning and was more than capable of seeing the project through. ..Bloyce says he has confidence that the team of volunteers will pitch in and devote their time, energy and financal resources to continue the work on the Tucker Renewal Center. ..He praised the volunteers’ prevalent spirit of dedication and the continued community support to the project which has allowed the renovation of Tucker to continue on schedule. ..“I share the excitement and praise the dedication and generosity of so many people in our community who have made this dream a reality,” Pruett said. “Many volunteers have given their time, talents and expertise to make this restoration happen.” ..The first phase of the Tucker Renewal Center restoration is complete and is being used as planned. Volunteers have barely taken time for celebration before launching efforts to complete the second phase of the project that will include construction of apartments for housing ministries. But for work at the Tucker Renewal Center to continue, manpower, material and financial donations are being encouraged and will be greatly appreciated. ..Anyone who would like to help in any way or make a donation to the project can call the Lay Clergy Council at 816-987-3600. ..Interested persons are encouraged to keep up with the progress by visiting Tucker Renewal Facebook page for periodic updates and photos.