Weather slows Clearinghouse work; spring opening expected
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:00 AM
The Clearinghouse Project saw minor setbacks from the severe cold earlier this month but is still on pace for a spring opening.
Molly Dodge, Clearinghouse project coordinator, reported during Tuesday's planning meeting that the project has a tentative completion date of late March or early April.
"We're still on track, but we lost a little bit of ground because of the extreme weather," she said.
Crews are currently working on the building's aluminum framing for the exterior doors and storefront, the electrical and plumbing, as well as grinding and polishing the floors.
In other business:
The House of Hope board reported that it served more than 2,200 people last year. The pantry opened Oct. 1 and is organized and run by several local churches.
The pantry currently has 129 volunteers who have served more than 2,000 hours.
The pantry also has received 90,000 pounds of food since opening, including 40,000 pounds of Gatorade donated by Gleaners Food Bank.
The Clearinghouse has submitted a grant to the Centra Foundation. The foundation began about 18 months ago.
Jan Vetrhus reported that the Clearinghouse Project has applied for an Our Town National Endowment for the Arts grant. The grant would help develop West Street, specifically areas near the Clearinghouse building and Bicentennial Park.
Jefferson County United Way Executive Director Larry Cummins reported the organization has enough funds to host another Getting Ahead In a Just Getting By World seminar. The seminar is for those living in poverty who wish to improve their financial skills.
Clients are accepted through a referral process.
Cummins said the seminar will begin March 3.