On NEIL & KAY DEUPREE to be added to ROCK COUNTY HALL OF HONOR on Monday.
Neil and Kay are amazing people. They show what can be accomplished if you are aware and involved in your community!
The biggest project I've worked on with Kay is the Wilson Gathering Garden. If you're at Monterey Stadium, look up at the hillside toward Rockport Rd. What used to be a vacant lot filled with dense brush and noxious weeds is now a beautiful area with plants native to Wisconsin.
It's a great visual of how the Deuprees take a seed of an idea, and help it blossom and grow to make Janesville a better place to live.
On The value of renters insurance
Greg, I don't know if you heard this story, but I had an apartment fire weeks before I moved to Janesville to work at WCLO. Some guy torched our apartment building because he was mad at his ex.
Luckily, my dad had insisted I get renter's insurance. It covered replacement for my belongings and even reimbursed me for the costs of living in a motel for a month while I sorted out my living situation.
You don't think about how much it would cost to replace your clothes, bed, shoes, plastic housewares (since the smoke permeated everything) until you're in that situation.
I strongly recommend renter's insurance, and hope you never need it.
On Why donate to Fix the Flats?
Thanks for the info, frogger.To clarify, it's less than $10,000 for maintenance to eleven homes and an office, not $10,000 for one home.
There's a sentence in Shelly's story I think some people missed:."The maintenance and repair fund of less than $10,000 a year can’t keep up with the cost of repairs needed on the aging building that has had daily wear from hundreds of tenants over 20 years, said Martha Pearson, director of the YWCA’s Transitions for Women Program.".That's the amount being spent annually on repairs and maintenance. For more info, visit ywcafixtheflats.org.
@frogger--Thanks for the suggestion. However, your statement that "things seem to be left to the point of demo" is not entirely accurate. While the repairs are necessary, these apartments are still safe. We would not rent out unsafe apartments.
On YWCA aiming to raise $250,000 to renovate Janesville complex
@janesvillean --Thanks for the link! I've seen the photos, but it's a good reminder of what the Flats were like prior to YWCA ownership.
@Sandman -- We will soon be offering tours, so you can see the apartments for yourself. Contact Jeff at 752-5445 for more info. The buildings were originally built as apartments in 1894, so that could be their best use. Even if the YWCA sold the buildings, they would still need the repairs. .I'm also not sure why Sandman put the word clients in quotation marks. The families that live there are held accountable through a number of expectations, and need to complete a case management program in order to stay. Staff members don't just give the tenants keys and disappear.
PS: For more information than what I can squeeze into a comment here, go to ywcafixtheflats.org. That should answer the other questions you have.
Let me try to explain:Everything was completely renovated 20 years ago. The apartments have been in constant use by families--most with small children--since then. The families change about every year, so the children living there are usually toddlers and elementary school kids.Since the appliances were purchased in 1993, many are starting to fail now. We can afford to replace some mechanicals every year, but can't afford to replace all the appliances in all eleven apartments at once.
@Sigma40: If it were as easy as fixing that one broken screen, we wouldn't be fundraising for this project. We certainly make repairs where we can on a regular basis, but we are a non-profit.
@frogger: Clients are kept accountable through case management, through the Transitions for Women program. They learn how to be responsible tenants, since many haven't lived in their own apartment due to a history of domestic violence.
Beth TallonYWCA PR Director
On Who's messing with Bessie? Landmark falls victim to vandals
Oh, dear. Only steers and bulls have horns?? This reminds me of certain 4Hers who would sneak chicken eggs into the rabbit pens at the fair, to see if anyone would think the rabbits laid the eggs. It works for the Cadbury bunny, after all!
On Stand Against Racism
Interesting conversation here.I think the kiddos at the Washington School YWCA after school program had the right idea: We treat everyone with kindness and respect despite our differences.And, for those keeping score, they're called the Washington Patriots.
Carry on!Beth Tallon
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