One definition of the term “miracle” is: <em>a highly improbable or extraordinary event that brings very welcome consequences</em>. For Esterlee Molyneux, executive director of The Family Place, that’s exactly what has transpired with the completion of the new Belva Hansen – The Family Place.
A ribbon cutting for the center that provides shelter, counseling and teaching for abused children took place Monday afternoon at its new location at 1525 North 200 West in Logan.
“This really is a miracle,” Molyneux exclaimed. “What’s most meaningful are the people that are going to come in here and receive support and guidance and education.
“That’s what it’s all about. That’s the bottom line…family and children helping one another.”
Molyneux said the miracle came in many different ways, from the hundreds of hours from volunteers, to the financial contributions from the Hansen family, to the assistance from Logan City. Belva Hansen was the primary benefactor for the project and prompted other family members to contribute, including her son, real estate mogul Del Loy Hansen.
“I’m just an ordinary person, but I know a lot of extraordinary people,” exclaimed Belva at the ribbon cutting, “and I know how to bug them, and get my way. So that’s my talent!”
Belva also took some credit for finally encouraging Molyneux to change the center’s name from the Child and Family Support Center.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes also participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony and praised the work done inside the walls of The Family Place.
“In my office we work with so much darkness in the world, we see the worst side of humanity. It’s so wonderful to work with partners like you who spend all of your time trying to cultivate the best side of the human condition. I think you are definitely on the side of the angels.”
Reyes said the majority of abuse can be prevented by participation in many programs that The Family Place offers, for children and for parents. He said it is critical to work with organizations like The Family Place to stop the cycle of abuse.
“The Aggie basketball team has a chant: I Believe That We Will Win,” Reyes said. “In this fight to really try to break the cycle of abuse, which is prevalent in our beloved state, I do believe that with the help of The Family Place and luminaries like Belva Hansen and her family that we can win this fight.”
Molyneux said the new 10,000 square foot facility, complete with a new, large playground, will help many lives.
“It’s just open, and inviting, and friendly and secure. I keep saying a miracle because it is! It’s a dream come true.”