It’s said that a house is not a home without love.
Well, just as true, the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands is not merely a building, it’s a place of warmth and welcome, openness, opportunity, and outreach.
“The Peggy Crosby Center is a building alive with energy,” said Margaret Eichman, executive director of Cullasaja Women’s Outreach. “It is filled with caring people who are ready, willing, and able to share insights, knowledge, and encouragement. As home to the Highlands Literacy Council, Counseling & Psychotherapy Center, International Friendship Center, and Center for Life Enrichment learning sessions, it truly is a haven of good works, which we are proud to support.”
The Center began as Highlands’ original hospital. But since 1993 (when the hospital moved to its present campus), it has been repurposed and now houses community service and 501(c)(3) entities with its affordable office space, conference/learning center, and kitchen.
“We could not have survived without the generosity of grants and donors that have kept our building vibrant,” said Ellis McIntyre, advocate of the Center. “Through the years, Cullasaja Women’s Outreach has been one of our biggest supporters. CWO grants have renovated our conference room, restyled our main entrance, and replaced an aging air-conditioning system – making our building more welcoming, safer, and professional.”
By making rents affordable, the Peggy Crosby Center allows its tenants to focus more of their funds on effective outreach programs and services. The Center operates with a break-even budget each year, and funds capital needs renovations, and major repairs – through the generosity of grants and contributions.
“It’s so fulfilling to see the positive impact CWO grants have had on the Peggy Crosby facility. Their board has done a wonderful job in planning and executing improvements,” said Joy Abney, Co-Chair of CWO’s Grants Committee. “Helping local organizations broaden their influence and positively impact people’s lives is the touchstone of our Women’s Outreach. I encourage others to consider supporting the Peggy Crosby Center – it’s a unique resource for Highlands and its non-profits.”
Since 2006, Cullasaja Women’s Outreach has pooled its member funds to build a stronger community. They have invested over $1,030,000 in the Highlands-Cashiers community through grants to 34 local not-for-profit and charitable organizations.