The Move From Union Street
In a major effort on October 16, students from McQuaid Jesuit high school and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps members from local colleges, with transportation help from Jon Saulsgiver and the House of Mercy, moved much of the equipment and supplies from the 2017-19 winter REACH Home at Dimitri House to the new 2019-20 shelter. A final push on November 9 and 10 closed out the work at the Union Street site.
Cleaning and Preparation for 2019-20
Preparation work in October included an intergenerational group of thirty helpers from the local chapter of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the third large-scale effort from CJCLDS volunteers over the past year) as well as others.
On Veterans Day 2019, sixteen dental hygienist volunteers from Monroe Community College assisted the opening preparations for REACH Home at 720 West Main Street. Tasks ranged from cleaning leaded glass windows, disassembling desks, storing bedding, moving furniture, organizing a clothing room and sorting personal hygiene supplies.
Sunday, November 17th was an opportunity to begin the “last rush” of jobs needing completion before the shelter opens around Thanksgiving. Code Blue emergency bedding got cleaned; mattresses got moved into position; a privacy wall constructed; laundry machines prepared; a new shower installation and other tasks filled the productive day.