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GEIDC breaks ground on Community Resource Center

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the future Community Resource Center at 516 South First Street in Guttenberg on March 26. The GEIDC project is being funded through a State of Iowa $2.7 million grant, the work of grant writers, and the volunteer fundraising committee that has received to-date $415,000 from generous benefactors. From left are Cole Amos, Estimator at Conlon Construction; Tara Chaney-Goldsberry, Architect, Veenstra & Kimm; GMHC administrator Tim Ahlers, Kathy Lansing, Tracy Kregel, Kari Harbaugh, Jackie Lee, Andy Reimer, Tom Augustyn, and William Kann. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

Submitted by Jackie Lee 

VP People and Culture Community Savings Bank and GEIDC Board Member and CRC Project Committee Member

The Guttenberg Economic & Industrial Development Committee  (GEIDC) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, March 26, at the building site of the future Community Resource Center located at 516 South 1st Street in the empty lot between the Guttenberg Brewing Company and the Municipal Building in Guttenberg. 

The GEIDC is thrilled to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated Community Resource Center, a pivotal service hub for the region. The event will mark the beginning of a transformative initiative aimed at addressing a diverse array of community needs.

The Community Resource Center will serve as a beacon of hope and support for the region, hosting over a dozen agencies dedicated to meeting the multifaceted needs of the region. Among the wide range of services to be offered include a food pantry, clothing center, infant items, outerwear, backpack snack program for school age kids, school supplies, medical adaptive equipment, household basics, furniture, health insurance, housing assistance, utility/rent assistance, counseling, domestic/sexual violence advocate, mental health, substance abuse, elderly care, and transportation.

This ambitious project has been made possible through the generous support of the State of Iowa, which awarded the Guttenberg Economic & Industrial Development Committee a significant $2.7 million grant to spearhead the construction of this essential facility. With the project well underway, efforts are in full swing to raise the matching funds required for the three-story facility, anticipated to cost just over $4 million.

The groundbreaking ceremony signifies a momentous milestone in the journey towards fulfilling the vision of a thriving, supportive community in Guttenberg and its surrounding areas.

Together, let us celebrate the dawn of a new era of community empowerment and resilience.

FRC services

Throughout life, almost everyone needs help at some point.  That help could be a judgement free zone, a box of food, a bed after a fire or help navigating a confusing health care choice.  

All these caring services are available for free through the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics’ Family Resource Center (FRC). The services at FRC are open to anyone, no matter age, income level, or ethnic background.   

Let’s examine a typical day at the FRC which begins early in the morning as volunteers travel to Kwik Star and Walmart to pick up food donations.  The food is delivered to the small, unassuming building, housing the Family Resource Center and an army of volunteers process the food for distribution for people throughout the region.  

But the FRC provides much more than needed food.  A young couple from northern Clayton County arrive at the FRC in need of shoes and their needs are met. Next through the FRC door is a set of grandparents both employed in slightly above minimum wage jobs. They have recently become custodians of their four young grandchildren. Dashed are their dreams of retiring at 65 and they need to restart their lives raising young children. Their immediate needs include clothing, food and car seats and the FRC can meet their needs. 

After the staff assists the grandparents, a domestic abuse victim arrives at the FRC.  She needs someone to listen, offer solutions and provide clothing for her daughter. The proper agencies are connected with this victim and a bag of clothing is sent for the daughter. The FRC was again able to meet the need. 

The next young man who enters the FRC needs to utilize the free fax service offered at FRC.  He needs to fax a restraining order to the Sheriff’s Office and needs some guidance on navigating the judicial system. Again, the young man’s needs were met. 

Following the young man, the next to be served at the FRC is a new mother who is unable to purchase baby formula for her newborn, which costs over $20 for a 3-4 day supply.   Newborns are a blessing, but create an especially financially hard time for young parents.  This new mother requested three cans of baby formula because she is almost out and does not get paid until the end of the month.  The FRC meets the new mother’s needs. 

External service agencies use the FRC space to meet and assist regional residents. The SHIIP counselor (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) and four seniors arrive at the FRC trying to navigate a confusing healthcare system and are assisted in selecting the best option for them.  The FRC met the seniors’ needs by connecting them to SHIIP.   

A local family comes to the FRC with an unimaginable tragedy and their child becomes hospitalized with a debilitating condition. One parent must care full time for the child and can no longer work. The staff at the Family Resource Center helps them navigate through the options available to help fill the gap that was unexpectedly created. The family’s needs are met.  

A nutritionally deficient senior living on Social Security with no family nearby is instructed by their health care provider to have a diet including more protein and vegetables. However, the limited Social Security check does not cover their needs.  Again, the Family Resource Center steps in and his needs are met.  

As outlined, a typical day at the FRC provides support to so many of our neighbors, friends, relatives, and even complete strangers from our region.  This is made possible through an army of volunteers and financial supporters to keep the FRC operational five days a week year-round. The current rented FRC building is much too small to meet the needs of our region, lacks privacy and much needed donated items must be turned away due to lack of current storage space. 

Thankfully, the FRC team found a way to try and climb out and up and continue to serve the growing demand. The FRC team partnered with the Guttenberg Economic & Industrial Development Committee and applied for a grant through the State of Iowa.  The project was awarded a very generous grant and is well on the way to raising the required matching funds.  The current shortfall is nearly $250,000. If you can help, please contact our volunteer Fund Raising Coordinator Kathy Lansing at lansing@alpinecom.net.

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