Real Life Center opens doors to new home

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Senator Marty Harbin signs and presents Georgia Senate Resolution, Monday, May 13, at Real Life Center’s ribbon cutting. Pictured are Real Life Center Executive Director, Cathy Berggren, Senator Harbin, and Dogwood Church Lead Pastor Keith Moore. Photo/Debbie Hembry.
Senator Marty Harbin signs and presents Georgia Senate Resolution, Monday, May 13, at Real Life Center’s ribbon cutting. Pictured are Real Life Center Executive Director, Cathy Berggren, Senator Harbin, and Dogwood Church Lead Pastor Keith Moore. Photo/Debbie Hembry.

The Real Life Center was honored to have Senator Marty Harbin visit their new facility before their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, May 13. During his visit and tour, Senator Harbin presented Executive Director, Cathy Berggren, and Lead Pastor of Dogwood Church, Pastor Keith Moore, with a special recognition and Georgia Senate Resolution for the work the Real Life Center is doing in our community.

The Real Life Center is a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to walk with those who are hurting in Fayette and Coweta counties due to experiencing job loss, a health issue, death, divorce or other difficult life circumstance. The Real Life Center was grateful to receive this recognition from Senator Harbin and attributes the impact they have had in the community to the Lord’s faithful provisions and the hard work and hearts for service of many people in the community who believe in their mission. 

After Senator Harbin’s tour, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce began the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new 13,005 square foot home of the Real Life Center. Hundreds of supporters representing businesses, churches, other non-profits, volunteers, families served by the Center, and others who also have a heart for their mission celebrated this Grand Opening.

During the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Executive Director Cathy Berggren read a thank note from a family who was helped by the Real Life Center. The note was written by a client who just went through her commencement for her Bachelor’s degree and wanted to reiterate the many ways the Real Life Center helped her family. 

“Perhaps the most touching thing of all was around Christmas when my son came home and asked if he could take some items to school for people who were less fortunate,” Berggren read.  “Always teaching them about the importance of giving, I said ‘Sure honey.’  When I asked him how they would distribute the food, he told me they were giving it to a company called the Real Life Center.  I excused myself from the room and cried because he had no idea that WE were one of those families… In short, the Real Life Center was not just a helping hand, but in so many ways you guys have impacted my life.  I have certainly not arrived, but am well on my way.  From the bottom of my heart…thank you.”

Lives such as the one described in the letter are changed because of the many people in the community who support the Real Life Center with their time, talents, donations, and finances, Berggren says. 

The Real Life Center is a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to walk with those who are hurting in Fayette and Coweta counties due to experiencing job loss, a health issue, death, divorce or other difficult life circumstance. 

The new Real Life Center facility, along with their Harvest for Real Life Orchard and Garden are all on the property of Dogwood Church in Tyrone, 975 Highway 74 North.

Dozens of supporters help cut the ribbon for the opening ceremonies.
Dozens of supporters help cut the ribbon for the opening ceremonies.