CHIEFLAND — The D Williams Multi Purpose Center brings new resources to Chiefland.

In February, the center opened its doors at 117 NE First St. in the city, with a nonperishable food giveaway and a team of volunteers, including Chiefland City Commissioner Lance Hayes.

Daphina Williams also owns and operates D. Williams Mortuary Services in Gainesville. In her professional life, she typically serves people during their time of loss, supporting them following the death of a loved one. She sees the center as a positive way to bring assistance to families.

“I started my business originally in Chiefland, and I wanted to give back to the community, bring this blessing to the community,” Williams said. “We can serve the people in a different way.”

Williams doesn’t want to limit the options available through the center and remains open to seeing how the building can best be used. They continue to grow through word of mouth.

The center currently has a strong focus on assisting youth in Chiefland, offering a tutoring program to students who need help and those looking for a job. This includes: writing résumés, advice on how to dress, and how to present themselves professionally.

The mortuary recently added a grief counselor to their staff. Kathy Tolbert will be teaming up with D. Williams along with others to provide grief counseling beginning in July. Williams hopes to offer counseling in Chiefland, and she can use the center to meet with families who are in need of their other services.

Those interested in learning more about the D Williams Multi Purpose Center are welcome to contact Daphina Williams directly at 352-443-4246 or williams

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