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Grant-funded project completed at Freedom Club

August 26, 2015
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The finished concrete work at the Freedom Club on April 16, 2016.

Workers wrapped up the Freedom Club Preservation Project in mid-April, thanks to two major grants awarded to the Freedom Board last year.The Freedom Board has received two major grants to help preserve its meeting place for 12-step groups in Concordia.

The yearlong project replaced all the concrete around the building at 317 W. Fifth St. and created a drainage field to improve water runoff, to protect the foundation and eliminate huge puddles around the entry.

Total project cost, including the value of volunteer labor and donated equipment use, was $9,458.

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Community Foundation for Cloud County executive director Bob Steimel poses with directors of the Freedom Board at the Freedom Club Aug. 25, 2015. Seated, from left, are Doyle Reed, Michelle Reed, Joyce Morey and Patti Elliott. Standing, from left, are Allen Sutton, Bill Cairns, Kevin Smith and Steimel.

The grants from the Community Foundation for Cloud County totaled $9,100, with $5,000 coming from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and $4,100 from the Impact Fund for Cloud County.

While work was continuing through the summer and fall of 2015 on the preservation project, which included replacing concrete sidewalks and resurfacing the parking areas and driveway to direct water away from the foundation, volunteers were also cleaning and painting the building exterior and cleaning and resealing the roof.while making access easier in bad weather.

The final report on the grant completion was submitted to the Community Foundation on May 14, 2016, well in advance of the June 30 report deadline.

The nonprofit Freedom Board operates the Freedom Club at 317 W. Fifth St., in Concordia, which provides space for meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Alanon and Overeaters Anonymous. The club opened in 2011, and there are currently about 15 meetings a week held there.

The Freedom Club provides the only meeting place for 12-step groups in Cloud County, and people from throughout the area — and from as far away as southern Nebraska – travel here to attend meetings.

The club also provides a place for alcohol- and drug-free social gatherings and recovery events, which are open to everyone.

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