CYO teens work on center cleanup

August 29, 2009 by

Members of the local CYO spend Saturday morning clearing trash and plastic from the second floor of what will be the Neighbor to Neghbor center in downtown Concordia.

Members of the local CYO spend Saturday morning clearing trash and plastic from the second floor of what will be the Neighbor to Neghbor center in downtown Concordia.

Among the teens hauling loads of trash down the rear fire escape of the building at 103 E. Sixth St. are (clockwise from top left) Paige Evans, Taylor Chrisco, Raef Chrisco and Christa Deneault.

Among the teens hauling loads of trash down the rear fire escape of the building at 103 E. Sixth St. are (clockwise from top left) Paige Evans, Taylor Chrisco, Raef Chrisco and Christa Deneault.

A work crew of more than a dozen members of the local Catholic Youth Organization spent this morning (Saturday) cleaning out the second floor of what will become the Neighbor to Neighbor center in downtown Concordia.

The teens from the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church group hauled out load after load of trash and plastic, carrying much of it down the fire escape at the rear of the building.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia purchased the two-story century-old building this spring, and will renovate the entire structure before it opens as Neighbor to Neighbor, probably early in 2010.

And while maintenance employees from the Motherhouse have done some cleanup already, this was the first big volunteer effort to get the building ready for remodeling, said Renn Allsman, the sisters’ maintenance supervisor who was on end as the teens worked Saturday morning.

Greg Gallagher, facilities administrator for the sisters, said the renovation will include repairing old water damage throughout the building, and then installing new plumbing and fixtures throughout, plus new sheetrock, dropped ceilings, carpet, other flooring, lighting and paint. Many of the windows will be replaced as part of the restoration, and the front entrance will be modified to be handicap accessible.

Taylor Chrisco laughs as she helps dump a wheelbarrow full of plastic pieces down a chute to the Dumpster below.

Taylor Chrisco laughs as she helps dump a wheelbarrow full of plaster pieces down a chute to the Dumpster below.

Neighbor to Neighbor will provide a wide array of services for women and for women with young children and be a resource center to help them find other services they need, said Sister Pat McLennon, one of the drivers of the project.

Services offered will likely include nutrition and parenting classes, workshops on healthy living, personal counseling and information on what help is available through other agencies. The center will also have small facilities to meet what Sister Pat described as “basic needs” — showers, at least two washers and dryers and a kitchen.

In the coming months, the sisters will seek grants and gifts to fund the renovation of the building, which is in good structural condition despite its need for extensive cleanup and remodeling to meet the sisters’ needs.

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Two members of the CYO volunteer work crew check how much more room is available in the huge Dumpster at the bottom of the fire escape.

Two members of the CYO volunteer work crew check how much more room is available in the huge Dumpster at the bottom of the fire escape.

Longtime CYO leader Mary Beth Smith, wearing a mask to protect herself against the plastic dust, throws more trash in the  Dumpster at the bottom of the fire escape.

Longtime CYO leader Mary Beth Smith, wearing a mask to protect herself against the plastic dust, throws more trash in the Dumpster at the bottom of the fire escape.

Four of the volunteers carry a trash-filled box down the fire escape at the rear of the two-story building.

Four of the volunteers carry a trash-filled box down the fire escape at the rear of the two-story building.

As the morning wears on, it seems as though the trash to be hauled never ends.

As the morning wears on, it seems as though the trash to be hauled never ends.

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12 Responses to “CYO teens work on center cleanup”

  1. Liebe Pellerin on September 7th, 2009 7:50 am

    I was standing at the gas station when I heard a loud thump into a dumpster with dust flying all around and a group of young people at the top of the fire escape across the street. I couldn’t imagine what they were cleaning out but I found out later…That was the CYO group doing a wonderful service work for the Neighbor to Neighbor project. Cheers and thanks to them and their leaders.

  2. Jeanette Wasinger on September 6th, 2009 7:25 pm

    What a generous and wonderful work the CYO teens and leaders did in behalf of Neighbor-to-Neighbor! The pictures are great, and I am touched by the generosity of everyone who participated.
    Jeanette Wasinger, CSJ.

  3. Jodi Creten, CSJ on September 2nd, 2009 5:55 am

    What a wonderful example of Gospel values at work! Thanks to all of you CYO participants in the efforts of the CSJs to provide much needed services in the Concordia area. We are blessed by your generosity.

  4. Anne M. Reinert on August 31st, 2009 6:25 pm

    Your gift of labor, laughter, and good spirits, is most appreciated. Blessings S.Anne M.

  5. Sr. Beth Stover Class of '64 on August 31st, 2009 4:03 pm

    Oops. please change CTO to CYO!

  6. Sr. Beth Stover Class of '64 on August 31st, 2009 4:02 pm

    What a job! Our heartfelt thanks to the Concordia CTO and their leaders! Mother used to say “Many hands make light work”. There were many hands of generosity, but I think it still was hard work. You are witnesses of God’s great love in helping others. May you be blest 100-fold.
    Sister Beth

  7. Ramona Medina, CSJ on August 31st, 2009 8:00 am

    Thank you for a job well done, CYO and Leaders. Know that your hard work was greatly appreciated. I couldn’t believe how clean the upstairs looked after your hours of hard work. May God bless you for your kindness.

  8. Pat McLennon, CSJ on August 30th, 2009 1:32 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! CYO and Leaders!
    You did a wonderful job of cleaning up one of the biggest messes I have ever seen! I am grateful for your spirit of generosity and hard work.
    I went over to see it today and was truly suprised by the change!

  9. Judy Stephens on August 30th, 2009 11:26 am

    Thank you, CYO, for your generous service even if it was dusty and hard work!

  10. Loretta Jasper, csj on August 30th, 2009 5:40 am

    Service to the dear neighbor, which is the CSJ AND Gospel mission, shared by our youth and adults of Concordia. This gives me goose bumps. Yes! Goose Bumps for God’s people!
    Thanks everyone!
    I am really glad you were blessed with weather which was also accommodating–cool, pleasant and just the right amount of sun!

  11. Anna Marie Broxterman, CSJ on August 29th, 2009 12:42 pm

    “Incredible,” Jean says and I agree. Upon arrival around 11:15 a.m. I expected to give a helping hand to send at least one piece of trash to the dumpster. I couldn’t believe they were finished! Paige Evans, one of the youth, needed to wait for the truck that had gone to the landfill because her purse was in that truck; hence, she was still there at the bottom of the steps. Her facial features were lined with fine dust and her hair was dust laden. There was no need to ask if she had arrived early enough to participate in the work. Waiting with her was Mary Beth Smith, who had similar dust lines on her face. Thanks Sarah for the pictures to help us see the wonderful work that our CYO youth and their sponsors accomplished for our Neighbor to Neighbor ministry. We are grateful for their youthful and energetic energy and their spirit of generosity.

  12. Jean Rosemarynoski, CSJ on August 29th, 2009 12:06 pm

    How incredible! That was hard labor for sure. You were so generous to give up a Saturday morning to help both the Sisters of St. Joseph and the people the program will serve. The CYO group is an inspiration to me. There is no way to say Thank You enough! We are very grateful. Thank you! — Sister Jean

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