REACH projects good for community

By: Pat Bushey - Aug 23, 2017
Source: Herald and News

REACH continues to move forward in its recovery from the 2015 fire that did major damage to its facilities on Maywood Drive, and that’s a benefit to the entire community.

The organization provides work for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities at its Maywood site and other locations in Klamath Falls. REACH, which stands for “Rehabilitation, Employment and Community House,” has announced a major project that includes buying the present site and facility, improving its equipment and exterior and doubling the number of employees in the five years.

It’s an ambitious plan, and includes a $3.85 million loan from Craft3, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, and a $6.75 million federal tax credit through the National Community Investment fund. Parts of the loan won’t have to be repaid if the organization meets certain conditions.

The organization, provides jobs to nearly 150 people through its recycling and building pallets and associated materials, much of it used by local businesses such as Jeld-wen, Collins and Columbia Forest Products.

REACH Executive Director Ron Moe said in addition to insurance funds, the R. I. Wendt Family Trust also provided “generous” financial support for the project, and had also owned the building involved. The Wendt family, former owners of Jeld-Wen, have made many large donations in support of local facilities and programs over the years, much of it without public recognition.

Moe also praised Craft3 for the loan.

It’s certainly good to see the organization move forward to not only recover its losses to the fire but expand operations. And thanks to all those who helped it do so.

For a detailed story by Staff Reporter Holly Dillemuth on REACH and its plans, use this link: