About BWSCLC

Bridgewater- Sullivan Community Life Center seeks to empower people to use the totality of their lived experiences and gifts in order to unite and develop for the benefit of oneself and community, for the expansion of wellness and lasting relationships.

  • We connect people with resources 

       provide community organizing /training

  • promote educational connection/opportunities

  • Life groups

BWSCLC is the place where you can breathe, grow, and connect the world.

Life Groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. 

 A life group is an intentional gathering of people where you can connect with others on a regular basis who share your interests, who are at a similar stage in life, or who have experience in an area where you would like coaching.

Kenwood Sullivan

BACKGROUND

Kenwood Sullivan is the owner of Sullivan Plumbing Co is located in Champaign, Illinois.. In 2011 he hoped the new 1.2 million apartment and commercial building he was planning to build at Fifth and Park streets would help trigger more development in the area.

 The two-story structure is at the southwest corner of Fifth and Park cater-corner from Salem Baptist Church and just down the street from Bethel A.M.E. Church.

At that time, the lot was occupied by a single-story building that once housed a seed-corn business and was probably best known for a mural that graced its wall.

Sullivan's new building faces Park Street, and its main level will have 4,400 square feet of leasable space for clinical, professional or business use. That level can divided into either two or four offices, he said.

The second story will have four apartments, each 1,100 square feet, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Sullivan said he has photos of the mural that was on the site, and he hopes to feature them in the building's lobby. The mural, which had an African-American history theme, was created in 1978 by neighborhood residents under the coordination of Angela Rivers.

The Rev. Larry Lewis, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, said the church is "completely supportive" of the new building, which will be just east of the church parking lot.

"It adds to the aesthetic beauty of the neighborhood," he said of the project. "We're for it 100 percent."

At that time Bethel had its own plans for development, Lewis said. The church hoped to add onto its building at 401 E. Park St., with the Bridgewater-Sullivan Community Life Center. That's expected to be a three-year project.

The center, which would provide space for community service, would be named for Erma Bridgewater and Kenwood Sullivan, Lewis said.

 
Image by Mel Poole

The place where you can breathe, grow & connect to the world!