Huge blessing from Community of Christ Church

Photo by Joyce Ervin
The building housing the local charitable institution, Aid in Milan, has received a generous gift to maintain and preserve the 150-year-old structure.

By Joyce Ervin

The Community of Christ Church congregation, previous owners of the building housing Aid in Milan, disbanded and distributed funds to several organizations including the local charitable institution.
Program director, Amy Doyle, said she was thrilled and astonished when Pastor LeRoy Zieske arrived one afternoon with a check for $30,000.
Doyle said the expectation was the money would be used for building and grounds repair and maintenance projects.  She said, “That was wonderful news because 150-year-old buildings need lots of attention.”
The center is hopeful that the generous contribution might inspire others to offer matching funds for the many projects they have planned.
Through conversations with Zieske it was decided that one of the first projects should be to take care of drainage problems found at the rear of the building.
Doyle said regrading was required to stop the water from backing up to their entrance.  It is also compromising a retaining wall and breaking up the cement entranceway.  She said, “Also on the repair agenda is leveling out the landscaping area to stop erosion and some parking lot improvements are necessary to make entrance to the building accessible for wheelchairs.
Doyle wrote a thank you note and said she was extremely grateful and excited to do some of the needed projects, “It is so nice to know you have the funds to do a project well and really fix a problem.”
Aid in Milan is located at 89 W. Main St. in downtown Milan.  For information on services, call 439-8420.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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