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Community Action Center to Host Public Open House April 13

March 29, 2011

The Community Action Center of Northfield will host a public open house on Wednesday, April 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at its office at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield. On display will be the newly renovated spaces which house the organization’s Food Shelf and Clothes Closet. No RSVP is necessary.

Community Action Center Executive Director Jim Blaha said, “We’ve eagerly anticipated the completion of the renovations for quite some time now. Through the generous support of our donors and volunteers, and our partnership with Rice County Habitat for Humanity, we’ve created spaces that will better accommodate the increased traffic we’ve seen at both the Clothes Closet and Food Shelf, allowing us to better serve as the first line of support for low income families in the area.”

The number of people served by the Community Action Center has grown to more than 3,000 each year, about a 50 percent increase since the agency moved to its location at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in 2000.  The Food Shelf is a source of nutrition for approximately 450 families each month and the Clothes Closet, which offers gently used clothing and household goods to the entire Northfield community, outfits over 400 families free of charge and hundreds more at reduced prices each year.

The renovations were designed by Northfield-based Vivus Architecture + Design and the build-out was completed by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Changes to the Clothes Closet include a larger sales area, new changing rooms, additional display space to meet the growing demand for household goods as well as new paint and new carpet. The adjacent Food Shelf renovation has allowed for a larger shopping space and a newly organized warehouse to better control the traffic flow of staff, volunteers and clients.

Dayna Clemment, executive director at Rice County’s Habitat for Humanity, said, “We’re thrilled to have partnered with the Community Action Center on this project. It seemed a natural extension of our mission to provide volunteer builders to complete the project. The Community Action Center is a terrific asset to the Northfield community and the renovations will, no doubt, allow them additional flexibility and capacity.”

Blaha continued, “We owe the entire Northfield community – Rice County Habitat for Humanity in particular – a huge thank you for helping us pull this off. We understand the renovations were an inconvenience for some, but in the end, we’ve got a space that will allow us to better serve Northfield’s growing population with the same quality and care people have come to expect from the Community Action Center.”

For more information call 507.664.3550.