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Hands Across Middlesex

by Cathy Newcomb

Hands Across Middlesex held its first meeting of 2010 at the Cryer Center on January 17. What a joy!

Dave Cryer gave everyone a tour of the completed venue primarily designed for Habitat for Humanity and Hands Across Middlesex, but also promising to house other agencies to provide assistance to the Middlesex community. One agency that we know for sure will have an office at the center is the Peninsula Center for Independent Living. 

Our normal meetings will still be held in the neighboring churches, so please watch for our planned times.

The grand opening of Cryer Center last Sunday was covered by the Sentinel.

If you did not have the opportunity to attend the grand opening, please visit us. You will be so impressed by what Dave and Linda Cryer have so generously provided to this county.

The building is fully equipped with a generator so that it can be used in emergency situations. In the beginning of February an electronic sign will be installed on the highway. This will allow important information to be shown to community members by Hands and Habitat, as well as the sheriff’s office.

Your tour of the building will go something like this: you enter to a comfortable waiting area fully equipped with television, handicapped accessible bathroom facilities and information flyers. To your right, you will find the Clothing Barn with a dressing room which should now be called a boutique. To your left, you will find office spaces intended for future services and private conference rooms. Just beyond these two areas, you will find the Food Pantry and Prom Dress Closet.

As you walk further down the hallway, you will find a huge room intended to house other service organizations. Many room dividers are ready to be used to section off spaces. Beyond that, you will find an incredible area for Habitat to use for their many storage needs and their soon-to-be-developed Habitat Restore. Attached to that is the Hands Across Middlesex Furniture Barn. This also has a small workshop for furniture repair. Coming soon will be an actual carpentry shop. Come enjoy the tour.

Many, many thanks go to all the volunteers that found time and energy to help move us and set up our new home. There are no words to express the gratitude.

For everyone’s information, the Clothing Barn/Boutique will be open the first and third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If there is need for emergency contact at any other time, please call the center and arrangements can be made. The number is 758-2044.

For those donating to this part of our program, please be discriminating as to what you donate. We ask for gently-used clothing that is clean before we receive it. Thanks so very much!

The Furniture Barn is always in need of appliances. Please help in this area. The Furniture Barn is open by appointment only. Please call the office number for the contact information.

Our Food Pantry can now expand to handle more than we could before. A kind gentleman just gave us 400 pounds of venison. Because we have freezer and refrigeration space, we can accept this kind of generosity. We can also accept donations of hygiene products, cleaning materials and pet food. Use your imagination.

The Cryer Center will have people manning the building and the phones Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember, the number is 758-2044. Anyone interested in volunteering some time at the center to answer the phone or sit at the front desk is asked to call.

Our next meeting will be on February 21 at Forest Chapel United Methodist Church in Warner at 3:30 p.m. The public is always invited.

Hands is a 501-C nonprofit organization.

posted 01.27.2010

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