In October, the Parish Resource Center of Long Island will celebrate the 30th anniversary of opening its doors in Rocky Point!
Can it be? Thirty years serving you; thirty years of lending you and your faith community a helping hand! We’ve reached out in a host of ways, working hard to provide the results-oriented, cost-effective, convenient, accessible programs and services you’ve wanted. It’s been great!
There have been many memorable moments and achievements:
In 1992 Peg Witmer established a second site in Valley Stream serving as Executive Director of both centers for several years.
In November of 2007, PRC co-hosted with the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church a workshop presented by Len Wilson and Jason Moore of Midnight Oil. This collaboration has resulted in our partnering with the NYAC on seven major workshops in recent years.
In 2008 we opened a satellite office at the Bellport United Methodist Church. Our south shore friends have found this a convenient site from which to pick up and drop off resources and to stop in and have conversation with Senior Consultant Debbie Kolacki.
As times and technology changed, we did too. After much research, during the summer of 2011, in partnership with the Valley Stream center, we went live with a new cloud based computer system able to track our service requests, resources, workshops and event registrations.
In the fall of 2011, we produced our first webinars featuring Joy Skjegstad and Anthony B. Robison. That first year we produced 18 webinars with 160 people attending live or watching the recording. In our just completed fiscal year, we’ve produced 28 webinars that were watched by 1,062 people locally, nationally and even internationally.
In the summer of 2014 we changed our name to PRC – Practical Resources for Churches. We also signed an agreement with the Presbytery of Long Island, and now administer the resource center in Commack for the churches of the Presbytery. Still (and always) non-denominational, our Commack site has made us more convenient for our friends and subscribing churches located on western Long Island.
Beginning in 2015 the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ, the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the New Jersey Association of the United Church of Christ specifically designated monies to the PRC for our webinar program and began promoting them to their members.
In 2015, after many years of productive collaboration, PRC Valley Stream and PRC Rocky Point have recognized that our goals and visions for the future are not as well aligned as they once were. So, while wishing each other many blessings and knowing that our histories will forever link us, we move forward as two fully independent organizations.
So, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary year we take our next memorable step: we say good-bye to our building in Rocky Point and our office in Bellport and hello to new space in Patchogue. Where can you find us? At the Congregational Church of Patchogue, in space that is handicapped accessible (and has a great parking lot). We will be very convenient to get to – close to Montauk Highway and the Long Island Expressway, and just a short 13 miles from our friends on the north shore of Long Island. So, whether you’ve known us for years or are new acquaintances, please be sure to stop in and visit. With all that has changed through the years, one thing hasn’t and that’s our commitment to you.
We remain proud to say, “Everyone has a calling; ours is helping you.”
Executive Director, PRC