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Re-dedication held Monday for Brownwood MHMR building that burned in 2016

A special rededication ceremony on Monday drew nearly two dozen people to a Brownwood building that was severely damaged in a fire two years ago.

The ribbon cutting was held on Monday for Janie Clements Industries at its location on the 3000 block of Milam Drive in Brownwood.

JCI is part of Brownwood's Center for Life Resources, which provides services in seven counties in Texas to people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.

In September of 2016, a blaze in the early morning hours caused extensive damage to JCI, but nobody was hurt in the fire.

JCI is a day habilitation center that helps people with mental and physical disabilities develop healthy life skills to become productive members of society.

"It's always sad to lose a building," Patti Clements Jordan said. "But I knew that it could be rebuilt and so we're thrilled today to see that come to fruition."

The building is named after Jordan's mother, Janie Clements, who was one of the organization’s founders.

At Monday's ribbon cutting ceremony, leadership from the Center for Life Resources thanked Brownwood firefighters and police officers for helping prevent further damage to the structure.

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