For the past 10 years, Sue Taylor has served as the business manager at the Family Resource Center.

For the past 10 years, Sue Taylor has served as the business manager at the Family Resource Center.
And for the past 10 years, she has been the "lady under the stairs," as her office was located literally under the stairs. The computer in her office worked as the Center's server, the network hub for everyone who worked in the former Lincoln School building.
Next door was the office of Julie Akins, an early childhood special education teacher at the Center. Akins and Taylor shared a special connection — an electrical connection, to be precise.
"If Julie vacuumed, Sue couldn't run her air conditioner or printer," said Monica Murnan, the Center's executive director.
Trying to ended in a blown fuse, Taylor said, which also led to her computer shutting down, which in turned disabled the Center's entire network. And that wasn't the only lights-out scenario.
"If I tried to print when the lights were on, it blew the fuse," Akins said.
"I had to flip off the air conditioner before I could print anything," Taylor said.
But that was then, and the Center's new facility at 1600 N. Walnut is now. No longer do employees struggle with power outages, ceiling leaks or termites. Their new home is brighter, emotionally warmer and more kid-friendly.
"It's fabulous," said Dawn MIles, Crawford County Resource and Referral Coordinator. "It is so much better than the old building. Just the fact that rain is not coming in and the tiles aren't falling from the ceiling."
Akins described her new place of work as a "neat, kid-type atmosphere."
"I just think it's going to be so exciting for our students," she said. "The opportunities are great here."
Another major benefit of the Center's new facility is that the hundreds of area children who attend on a daily basis are now under one roof. Space issues caused many early childhood education programs to be housed in either modular buildings outside of the Center's main facility or at the Discovery building.
Now that all programs are at one facility, the kids and the staff are in close proximity, increasing the efficiency of the services the Center provides.
"Historically, they have been spread all over creation, and the kids have been spread all over creation," Murnan said. "Their programs were added based on enrollment. Now we're going at it programmatically a different direction and saying, 'We're going to put them here based on best practice and not be driven purely just by where there is space.'"
Patty Steffens, early childhood special education teacher, led one of the programs inside the modular at the Center.
"We were away from the rest of the kids," she said. "That made it real inconvenient and hard to move the kids, such as during bad weather. Now that we're here, they can walk the halls and see the other kids walking the halls."
Amber Alexander, lead teacher in the Center's Lamb Room, said feedback from parents often includes comments about the student's close proximity to each other.
"Parents really like it," she said. "They like that we're all so much closer together. They like that there are a lot more opportunities here."
The Center made the move from their old home at 1700 N. Locust to its new site over the weekend. More than 100 volunteers gave their time and energy to help make the transition.