VFW Post 8200 and Fellowship Baptist Church have entered into a partnership that will allow the church to use the VFW building for a non-denominational youth center.
The VFW Post will retain control of the facility and the adjacent parking area, and the church will pay utility costs and insurance in exchange for being able to use it for a youth center.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Merle Rouillard, a spokesperson for the VFW, told The Independent this week that the Post did not sell or give the facility to the church.
“The building will be a non-denominational youth center that will offer a place for students to go after school,” she said. “What a wonderful addition to Liberty Hill this will be.”
Ms. Rouillard said business will be conducted as usual at the VFW Post as both the Post and Ladies Auxiliary members meet regularly, host pancake suppers and dinners, various fundraising events, crocheting, scout meetings and other benefits.
The hall is also leased for private parties with proceeds going to the VFW Post rather than the church, she said.
Ms. Rouillard explained that the national VFW owns the building and the local organization is not in a position to sell the property. However, dwindling financial resources resulting from a decline in VFW membership nationwide prompted the local organization to consider proposals from outside groups to help defray costs.
In recent weeks, the Post heard proposals from Fellowship Baptist Church and the City of Liberty Hill on how each entity would use the facility. Ms. Rouillard said after presentations by Pastor Michael Wright and Mayor Jamie Williamson, who spoke on behalf of the City, the Post chose to partner with the church.
“The VFW will have first priority when it comes to using the building and the church will have to work around that (schedule),” she said.