By Molly Moser
The Family Resource Center will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at their new location, 514 S. River Park Drive, Guttenberg. This branch of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is a hub for a variety of agencies and programs that are difficult to reach in many rural communities, and their new location allows them to provide more to the community than ever before.
The Family Resource Center was previously located in a building just two blocks north of the new location, in an office coordinator Kari Harbaugh calls “compact.” Within the small rooms, agencies had difficulty meeting with families of more than two or three. “We have space for that now,” she smiles.
The large front windows in the new location allow natural light to brighten the entire space. Tall ceilings and white walls create a feeling of freshness, and the wood flooring layered with soft, colorful rugs make the room feel like home. “The whole environment is very, very inviting, warm, and comfortable,” said Harbaugh. “Whether someone is coming to drop off a donation, attend a group, or receive services, it’s pleasing to everyone.”
The Resource Center’s old location was not handicap accessible, and Harbaugh can recall numerous incidents when first-time clients with wheelchairs simply had to wait outside. Parking was shut down daily while school busses accessed the street, making it even more difficult to enter. “It just wasn’t acceptable,” said Harbaugh.