FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Jesse Jaeger – Director of Development & Advocacy 406-207-3372 (Cell)
RE: Poverello Center to sleep up to 50 clients a night at the Salvation Army while dorm is repaired.
Missoula, MT – On May 8th the Poverello Center experienced a serious plumbing failure that caused significant damage to their soup kitchen and men’s dorm which sleeps 56 people a night. While the soup kitchen is almost back to being fully functional again, the Poverello Center will need to close their entire basement while remediation and repair continues over the next two weeks.
“During the repairs to the men’s dorm, contractors will need to disconnect the HVAC and sprinkler systems in the entire basement, meaning those spaces will not be usable for our staff and clients,” says Amy Allison Thompson, Executive Director at the Poverello Center. “This is really challenging for us because much of the overflow space we are using to continue to accommodate our clients is in the basement, along with most of our laundry facilities, the main men’s bathroom and most of the lockers our clients use.”
Starting the night of Thursday May 23rd the Poverello Center will be using the Salvation Army to sleep up to 50 of their residents a night while the basement is repaired. Poverello Center will provide staff at the Salvation Army for these overnight periods. The hope is for repairs to be complete by June 7th but it is possible it could take longer.
“We have been humbled by the ongoing support we have received from the community, and are especially thankful to the Salvation Army for opening up their space to us,” continues Allison Thompson. “We will have to double our overnight staffing to have clients housed in two different locations and this will put an added financial burden on Poverello Center.”
The Poverello Center continues to work with the remediation company and the insurance company to fully assess the cost to repair the building. It is likely that repair costs will be many thousands of dollars more then will be covered by insurance. The Poverello Center will need the continued support of the community to fully recover. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 7644, Missoula, MT 59807 or made online at www.thepoverellocenter.org/donate.