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  • Rebuilding Together Muscatine County — long  the giver of  new and improved roofs over other people’s heads — is the recipient of one of its own


MUSCATINE, Iowa — This winter, one Muscatine County community service organization became the recipient of a very good deed.

Rebuilding Together Muscatine County is now housed in a spacious new building, thanks to the cooperation of Muscatine’s Crossroads Inc.

Frank Iliff, who founded the local Rebuilding Together chapter in 2007,  said he first learned that the Crossroads Inc. annex building may be available from former Crossroads director Bill Taylor.

The building at 1424 Houser St., Building B, once served as the Pickett School for students with disabilities.

“Bill told me that the annex had sat empty for at least 10 years, and the Crossroads Board of Directors hadn’t decided what to do with it,” said Iliff. “He thought our organization would be a good fit.”

After Taylor died in September 2012, Iliff pursued the opportunity.

“I knew Bill had wanted us to be there,” said Iliff. After speaking with the Crossroads Board of Directors, Iliff, his attorney, Esther Dean, and the Board agreed on a contract.

“I think Bill would be pleased,” said Board president Jeff Sorensen.

 Rebuilding Together can occupy the building for the next 10 years in return for repainting and reroofing it.

There is no rent, said Iliff, but Rebuilding Together will pay for the utilities and maintain the building.

That handyman work is a natural for the volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization devoted to revitalizing the homes of senior citizens and other area residents in need.

Rebuilding Together moved into its new headquarters in November. Previously, it was housed in a smaller office in downtown Muscatine.

The building features three offices, one of which is used by secretary Dona Pearce.

There is also a spacious board room that features a new meeting table and chairs, compliments of Muscatine’s HNI Corp.  Iliff said Rebuilding Together board member and house captain Randy Green works at HNI’s Allsteel plant, and helped arrange the donation.

There’s also a kitchen, work center, storage space and handicap accessible bathrooms. A nearby storage building can be used to store materials and supplies.

Sorensen said the partnership is part of Taylor’s legacy, in that he believed non-profits could deal with hard economic times by sharing skills and resources.

“It’s the whole notion of helping each other contain costs and delivering services to the customer while saving dollars for the tax payer,” said Sorensen.