Chuck Hesse introduced Becci Reedus. She joined the Crisis Center of Johnson County as Ex. Director in June, 2008, at the height of that summer’s floods. Under her leadership, the Crisis Center has received accreditation for its crisis intervention programs from both Contact USA and the American Association of Suicidology, transformed its pantry services from pre-packaged bags to the client choice model, and significantly expanded the emergency financial assistance program to help more Johnson county families avoid eviction or loss of utilities. She is a strong advocate for collaboration and provided both vision and oversight for the 1105 Project, the successful renovation of 1105 Gilbert Court in IC to become the home of the Free Lunch Program and NAMI Johnson County and provide additional space for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and the Crisis Center. She was raised in LaPorte City, lived in Michigan for 30 years and received a degree in Social Work from UNI.
Reedus described the 1105 shared services facility including the DVIP, NAMI, Free Lunch Program and the Crisis Center. It is a hybrid of a campus and back office concept where organizations share staff. The model of the interior design includes 50% common space to be used by all and space for each agency to have program space – except the Crisis Center. All agencies pay the cost for maintenance and other expenses such as utilities. This co-location is fostering collaboration among agencies and programming for clients. She had slides of the preconstruction work and the partially finished exterior. Much work was accomplished by volunteers. Funding is always a need; joining the 1105 Club is possible by donation of $1105!
At the close of her presentation, Pres. Jody gave her a check from our Club, not $1105, however, he said. (It was $1000.) Thanks to Chuck Hesse and Becci Reedus for an informative and interesting program. A book for the Rotary school library in Xicotopec, Mexico will be given in recognition of this program.
The Meeting closed with recitation of the 4 Way Test.