Details for Why we chose to build a new Referral Center


Why we chose to build
a new Referral Center

t is noticeable to anyone who walks in
the doors at our current location that
space is a major issue. Our current
location has served us well for 34 years,
however the repairs and renovations
needed for the aging building are not cost
effective for program longevity. A list of
needs for a new space, starting with the very
abundant need for a larger square footage, was
A team consisting of local contractors,
community members and Referral Center
board members took a close look at several
options, including many of the city’s vacant
buildings at the time of our research.
After assessment of purchase price of the
buildings, cost of repairs and renovations
and the consideration of the clientele we serve,
it led to the recommendation of purchasing
land and building.
What are some of the benefits of building a new
building? We are building to meet our current and
future needs! Some highlights include:
• Larger food pantry/storage area increases
efficiency and reduces costs by allowing us to
accept free and reduced-cost food from area
food banks
• Room to store frozen and refrigerated items
• Separate drop off zones for food and clothing,
accessible through garage doors with airlock
• ADA Compliant
• Security Systems
• Private offices for sensitive conversations
• Larger thrift store space will allow the sales
of furniture and appliances. Thus, generating
more income to support programs.
• Washer and dryer to clean donated items
How To Donate: You can make it at
or send a check payable to Concerned DeWitt Citizens:
First Central State Bank
Attn: Sue Gravert
PO Box 200, DeWitt, IA 52742
If you are interested in getting more materials about the new building project or would
like a pledge form, please email Traci Weber at