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Published on September 06, 2011

Mercy hosts grand opening of Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center

Mercy Medical Center is pleased to announce the grand opening (event details below) of the Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. Formerly the Penny Saver building, the facility at 420 6th Street SE now provides office space and direct client services for a number of local non-profit organizations. 

Initial tenants of the center are Kids First Law Center, Gems of Hope, Young Parents Network and Boys & Girls Club. Two more non-profits – Catholic Charities and Metro Catholic Outreach – will be moving in soon.  Mercy leases the space to tenants for $1 per year plus the cost of monthly utilities. 

The non-profit community center is named in honor of the former Sister Mary Lawrence Hallagan, one of the most well-known and influential Sisters of Mercy to have lived and worked in Cedar Rapids. She passed away in 1999. The creation of the Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center is Mercy’s gift to the community in honor of her many contributions to the hospital and the city of Cedar Rapids. The project was also moved forward by a $600,000 grant from The Hall-Perrine Foundation in May 2010.

"The goal of this center is to create long-term office and work space as well as direct client services for non-profit organizations that will benefit not only from the space allotment but also from a shared vision to enhance the health and well-being of our community," said Sister Susan O’Connor, Mercy’s Vice President of Mission Integration.

A grand opening celebration on Thurs., Sept. 15 will give the community an opportunity to see the new center, take tours and enjoy refreshments.

Event Details

What: Grand opening & tours of the Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center
When: Thurs., Sept. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. (Program & ribbon-cutting at 2:15 p.m.)
Where: 420 6th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA (former Penny Saver building)
Why: To celebrate the creation of this non-profit community center
Who: The public is invited.  Light refreshments will be served.