Furniture was delivered to Adams-Wells Crisis Center recently. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Furniture was delivered to Adams-Wells Crisis Center recently. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

It was an emotional moment recently when a large shipment of appliances and furniture items were gifted from REV Group, Inc. to the Adams-Wells Crisis Center. The shipment included beds, mattresses, kitchen appliances and much needed furniture that will be part of the center’s re-organization for the intended early March re-opening of the facility.

“We took up a collection from the neighborhood and the results were very good,” commented REV-Group’s Mark Moniuszko, who headed up the project.

“This organization has been a real help over the years to the people of our working neighborhood,” said Moniuszko. “To me this means a rebound that will make the community a little better than it was. Our company decided it wanted to put into the neighborhood hope that would reach out to Adams-Wells.”

Among those items delivered were mattresses, pillows, blankets, items that were pertinent for the needs of babies and children, microwaves and other needed appliances.

“I love it; I’ve been very fortunate in my career to travel all over the United States,” added Moniuszko. “I have always felt that we should leave the neighborhood better than what we found it.”

“We just started because we are so fortunate to have a great job and a good life,” said employee Pam Rosswurm, who assisted in organizing the project. “We knew that there was such a great need here down the street from where we work. Things had to move; from the time that we decided to do this, the employees had 20 days to gather things.

“One thing I kept thinking of was that this could be any one of us,” continued Rosswurm. “This could be a sister, a mom or children at any given time in this community. This became very emotional for those who donated to see the way their fellow workers were all gathering things.”

Adams-Wells executive director Megan Jennings said she couldn’t believe it when the bus drove up and workers started unloading multiple items.

“They had a television, appliances, mattresses and all kinds of things that were needed,” said Jennings. “Two days before Christmas, I would say this is quite a miracle.”

The shelter was forced to close down over a year ago when grant funding was cut off due to the long government shutdown. It has taken quite a bit of hard work to rebuild the base for the home to operate more substantially again.

Jennings said that it is anticipated that the home will be able to open by March of 2020. Initially, emergency stays will be able to be housed for up to 72 hours. It is also anticipated that officials will be able to promote healthy homes in the schools.

“I am really looking forward to the future,” said Jennings. “I am looking forward to seeing the house get going. It is great to see people live in such a great community where people come together.”