Easterseals RISE plans to sell its facility on Wohlert Street and purchase the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation’s Enterprise Building A on Wayne Street in Angola, Indiana.
“Our current building was perfect for us in 1988,” said Executive Director Crystal Church-Stavitzke, “but the needs of our organization and the people we serve have changed over the years. This opportunity to buy Building A came along at a great time for us.”
By selling the Wohlert Street building to purchase Building A on the Enterprise Center Campus, Easterseals RISE will no longer have the burden of a mortgage.
“Reducing our debt means that more of our resources can be used to provide the supports people with disabilities in our community need,” Church-Stavitzke said.
Although Building A is a smaller space than the Wohlert Street building, the space can be configured to better suit Easterseals RISE program needs with less unused space. The move to Building A also supports the agency’s focus on helping individuals become more involved in the Angola community.
“Inclusive communities are stronger communities, and being so close to downtown activities and businesses will naturally foster more participation and interaction among our consumers and our neighbors,” Church-Stavitzke said.
Easterseals RISE and the Steuben County EDC are partners in the Pre-Manufacturing Academy, offering hands-on training to prepare individuals for the local workforce.
“The SCEDC is truly excited about the opportunity that Easterseal RISE has offered us and even more excited about the future collaborations that exist. This process helps to position both non-profits in a stronger place to better serve the community,” said Executive Director Isaac Lee.