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    Volunteers renovate MCSA dining room

    Margaret Stadtwald
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    MUSCATINE, Iowa–Always a hub of activity, Muscatine Center for Social Action’s dining room features prominently into many of their programs. From hosting their food pantry pickup days to providing a gathering place for hot meals, many people use the MCSA dining room each day. In order to keep MCSA inviting and accessible for all, MCSA arranged to have the room painted and its entry ramp updated. These renovations wrapped up at the end of July, allowing MCSA to share these improvements with the public last Monday.

    Over the course of a week, several volunteers helped MCSA make their updates. MCSA Resource Development Officer Jennifer Leirness outlined: “A great youth group from Shepherd of the Cross Lutheran Church in Muscatine volunteered their time to help us paint. They had a great attitude and got the job done well. We can always count on Shepherd of the Cross to send over wonderful volunteers when we are needing extra hands on deck.” Through their hard work, the teens painted all the walls in the dining area a clean shade of light gray. In the future, MCSA would like to add inspirational words to the walls, making it an even more inviting space.

    Along with refreshing the paint on the walls, MCSA also invested in improving their entry and exit ramp. Their facilities and assistant facilities’ managers collaborated to lengthen, widen, and re-carpet the ramp. Through their efforts, Leirness hopes MCSA can better serve the needs of their guests with disabilities and mobility challenges. “Our goal for this is that folks using walkers, wheelchairs, etcetera have more ease with entry and exit.”

    With the work on the dining room completed and the space open for business, Leirness believes residents will enjoy the improvements. “I think the guests do appreciate it when they see work being done to the building,” she shared. “Our staff put effort into keeping up the building and preserving and enhancing the space so that everyone has a good experience in the building.”

    Leirness thinks the staff will like the renovations as well. “We are excited to see it happen, and excited to have more great volunteers in the building,” she beamed.

    While work took place, MCSA closed the dining room and temporarily suspended their food pantry pickup days. With the dining room reopened, Leirness would like to let everyone know that their food pantry hours have returned to normal.

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