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Great Circle & Lebanon Parks Dedicate Community Counseling Center

Collaboration Leads to Expanded Services in Winfrey House

The watering of a maple sapling as part of the dedication ceremony.

(Lebanon, April 26, 2016)  Thanks to a collaboration between the Lebanon Parks Department and Great Circle, a statewide behavioral health nonprofit, there’s a new community counseling center available to residents of Lebanon and surrounding counties.

Formerly known as the Winfrey House, the Conn Winfrey Enrichment Center, at 25573 Highway 5, was dedicated on Monday, April 26. Those gathered witnessed a commemorative tree planting, and enjoyed remarks from various officials, lunch and entertainment by Laclede Group singers.  In addition to Great Circle providing a variety of mental health services there, the Enrichment Center also has indoor space for meetings and 15 acres for outdoor events.

“We are extremely grateful to the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Parks department for allowing Great Circle to use part of the Enrichment Center as its base for providing service to area residents,” said Vince Hillyer, president/CEO of Great Circle.  “We look forward to growing that partnership as we work to strengthen families throughout the community.”

Through the counseling center, Great Circle is providing individual, family and group counseling to Lebanon-area residents, as well as parent education classes, CPR services, family visitations, and other classes to support and strengthen families. The center also serves as a hub for foster care case managers who work throughout the Lebanon/Camdenton area, assisting many foster homes and children. Previously, Great Circle’s staff office was at 1934 Phillips, in Lebanon.

Great Circle provides a unique spectrum of behavioral health services to children and families, through a network of regional campuses, counseling centers and community-based offices across Missouri. In addition to the services offered through the Lebanon community center, Great Circle also offers 24-hour specialized care, day schools and programming, autism and respite services, and therapeutic camps for children.

“Great Circle exists to guide people in circumstances beyond their control, to a place where they can thrive,” added Hillyer. “We look forward to delivering on our promise that Great Circle stands as a first step for families, not a last resort.”

The Enrichment Center originally was the private residence of longtime Lebanon banker Conn Winfrey and his wife Margie. Following her husband’s death, Ms. Winfrey donated the home and acreage to the Lebanon park system, and subsequently the Park board sought out appropriate nonprofits that could maximize the former home’s space.

The Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department currently maintains eight parks and more than 100 acres of land. This includes 27 holes of disc golf, nine baseball/softball fields, several playground areas, three paved walking trails, 11 shelters, the Boswell Aquatic Center, Nelson Pond, and a skate park. It is governed by an eight-member board and is supported through private and public funding.