Lower Lights Ministries celebrates opening of new Child Enrichment Center


A man walks through the halls of the Child Enrichment Center.

Columbus, Ohio

On Tuesday, February 20th, Summit Construction attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Lower Lights Ministries Child Enrichment Center in Columbus. 

Generous donors and members of the Lower Lights community came together to celebrate the exciting project coming to fruition.

Group of people is cutting the ribbon at the ceremony. Exterior view of the new building.

Andy Rogers, Summit Director of Operations and longtime mentor at Lower Lights, led the Summit team in providing CMR services for the facility at a discount. Together, with ten other subcontractors, over $680,000 in in-kind services was provided for the new 9,323 SF facility. 

"It's truly astounding, first and foremost the power of God but also the importance of relationships. We're so lucky as a company, and personally, to have these relationships. This project was very personal to me and personal to the company, and we're proud to be a part of it," said Rogers. 

Andy speaks in front of attendees.

Emmalyn Jerome, CEO of Lower Lights Ministries, has a powerful vision for the center that will provide a place for at-risk children to go before and after school. 

"Our hope is that this child enrichment center would not just be a shield of safety for children to grow and learn, but also a haven where children can experience the power of goodness and truth," she stated. "Alongside some of the most committed team members in the childcare industry, [the children] can develop into compassionate and just leaders who can shine brightly in making this hill even stronger and a more loving community," said Jerome. 

Lower Lights CEO speaks in front of attendees.

The new Child Enrichment Center features:

  • Several classrooms
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Kitchen
  • Office spaces
  • Several bathrooms
  • Outdoor fenced-in playground

Lower Lights wall sticker in new facility. A new classroom in the center.Classroom wall decorations.A second classroom.

Summit Construction partnered with design firm Legat Architects who navigated through the permitting process to help deliver a quality facility for Lower Lights to use for many years to come. A special thanks to Project Manager Dennis Paben for all his hard work throughout the project. 

Summit Construction's mission is to provide an excellent construction experience while making a positive impact on communities. We are honored to serve organizations like Lower Lights Ministries that put incredible efforts towards caring for our local communities, and use their resources to support the growth and healing of others. We are proud to have played a part in bringing this facility to life. 

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