The Dorchester Children’s Center is scheduled to expand into a brand-new building later this month, thanks, in part, to a $1 million donation from the Roper. St. Francis Physicians Endowment.

The center needs to raise $500,000 on own in three years to receive the full donation. So far, Dorchester Children’s Center Executive Director Kay Phillips said they’ve raised about $100,000 since November.

“We’re very excited about it,” she said.

Staff at the Children’s Center, which provides services for children and families who have been abused, will move into the new space in mid-March. The building will add about 6,000 square feet to the center’s existing home in Summerville. It is located on the same site as the current facility.

The total project will cost about $1.5 million. It will allow the Children’s Center to hire more staff, add programs and serve more children, Phillips said.

“We just think they do such a great job,” said John Holloway, CEO of the Medical Society of South Carolina, which administers the endowment. “We felt strongly about it and we recommended it to our board. They decided this was a project they would really like to sponsor.”

The Dorchester Children’s Center will host an official ribbon cutting for the new building on March 27.

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