The board of directors at United Way of Story County (UWSC) recently approved a grant request to assist Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance with an office renovation. The grant, which was awarded for $11,280, will be used to help with remodeling costs associated with Good Neighbor’s relocation to 613 Clark Ave. in Ames.
Good Neighbor programs help to ensure that Story County residents in need are able to remain in their homes with needed utilities, nutritious foods and have gas in emergency transportation situations. Good Neighbor was located at its previous location on South Duff for nearly three and a half years. When the initial two-year lease on the building ended, the Good Neighbor board of directors and staff made an effort to find a more centrally-located space for the agency’s office.
The new property is a two-story house that served as First Christian Church’s parsonage. The building is near the downtown area and on major city bus routes, and the location is within walking distance for the many residents living in low-income and subsidized housing. The church is providing use of the space, and Good Neighbor is responsible for utilities, phone and Internet expenses.
"This new location will provide Good Neighbor long-term dedicated space, significantly reduce occupancy costs and enhance accessibility to agency services for Story County residents in need," said Mike Fritz, Good Neighbor’s director. "Good Neighbor is extremely grateful for the generous support for our remodeling efforts provided by United Way of Story County. We are very pleased that United Way has chosen to play such a significant role in this historic moment in our history."
Good Neighbor is open 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Individuals and families can walk in during office hours to receive Healthy Food or gas vouchers. An appointment is required for rent and/or utility assistance.
The public is invited to an open house at Good Neighbor’s new location (613 Clark Ave.) on Jan. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.