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Columbia College students assist with renovation project at McCambridge Center

(COLUMBIA, Mo.)-Student participants of Columbia College's Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) partnered with their peers from the University of Missouri and Stephens College for an adopt-a-room project at the McCambridge Center.

Instead of a meeting of the minds, it was a meeting of the hands. All 28 students from the combined institutions comprise Collegiate Leadership Columbia (CLC), a group that is hosted by the local area Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The group participates in a major community-service project each year.

The college students spent the last weekend in February and the first two weekends in March renovating seven rooms of the McCambridge Center-a place for chemically dependent women to face their problem and develop a healthy approach to life. The center also provides daycare and therapy for the women's children.

"This project is something we have wanted to do for several years, but haven't had the means or manpower to do so," said Beth Berhorst, program director for McCambridge Center. "The students made this project become a reality."

The students spent five hours each weekend to complete the project. They also raised $600 through solicited funds from local businesses affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce.

"The students put a lot of heart into this project," said Berhorst. "That was evident by their hard work, time and the donations they gave. We are truly grateful for all they did for the agency and their renovations will definitely impact our clients' stay in a more positive way."

This is the third year that Columbia College students have participated in a CLC project.