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Third District Congresswoman Cindy Axne was in Mount Ayr Thursday, September 1 to present a check for $725,336 to the Family Resource Center to fund the majority of its nearly $1 million renovation project. The grant was awarded through Rep. Axne’s Community Development Projects program with funding coming from the recent omnibus spending bill by through Congress earlier this year.
“I know how difficult it’s been to make sure that you’ve had the resources that you need to ensure that you can provide the opportunity for families to be able to have successful lives by providing daycare,” said Axne to a gathering of current and former FRC board members and local dignitaries. “You’ve been able to manage with very little to make sure that this was a safe place for kids, that it was a fun place for them to go to a welcoming place I know that’s really hard to do on very little money.”
Former center director Brenda Adams estimated 2,500 children have attended the Family Resource Center over its 25 years. “You really felt like we are starting over for the next 25 years,” she said. “We hope we can provide the same amount of quality care that we have for the past 25 years.”
The project completely remodeled the interior of the facility, updated the playgrounds, and installed a new HVAC system along with other renovations. In addition, the FRC can now serve children as young as infants.
“It’s not just the right thing to do for our kids… But it’s the best thing we can do,” said Axne at the conclusion of her remarks.