Escalon C.A.R.E. Cen­ter Seek­ing New Lo­ca­tion

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Af­ter more than three decades in their Sec­ond Street lo­ca­tion, the Escalon C.A.R.E. Cen­ter will soon be on the move.

The Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Re­sources of Escalon or­ga­ni­za­tion, an outreach of the Escalon Min­is­te­rial As­so­ci­a­tion, has been housed at 1531 Sec­ond St., Escalon, in a por­tion of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Hall, for years. With the Le­gion now look­ing to ex­pand and of­fer more ser­vices for veter­ans in their lo­ca­tion, the C.A.R.E. Cen­ter is also search­ing for a new fa­cil­ity.

“We want to ex­press our heart­felt thanks to the Amer­i­can Le­gion,” C.A.R.E. Pres­i­dent Victor Berg-Haglund said. “This has been a won­der­ful part­ner­ship and we are grate­ful for the long time use of their fa­cil­ity. C.A.R.E. uses most of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Hall. They have pro­vided this at a very low “rent” be­cause they felt this was an im­por­tant need for the com­mu­nity.”

Haglund, who is pas­tor at Saron Lutheran, said hav­ing the build­ing to use for so long has been a bless­ing for the or­ga­ni­za­tion and they fully un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion, as

local veter­ans want more room to pro­vide ser­vices for their mem­bers and those in need of ca­ma­raderie and sup­port af­ter serv­ing.

“The Escalon Min­is­te­rial As­so­ci­a­tion and all the vol­un­teers at C.A.R.E. un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the Post’s de­sire to use their fa­cil­ity to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for veter­ans to gather and pro­vide one an­other sup­port and fel­low­ship,” Berg-Haglund noted. “It is the right thing to do.”

The goal for C.A.R.E., he added, is to find an­other local fa­cil­ity to lease, or pos­si­bly pur­chase, to al­low the food bank to con­tinue its work.

C.A.R.E. is open Wednesday morn­ings for emer­gency food dis­tri­bu­tion and also hosts the Se­nior Brown Bag dis­tri­bu­tion the sec­ond and fourth Tues­days and a third Thursday of the month Com­mod­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion. The week of the third Thursday, there is no Wednesday food dis­tri­bu­tion.

Berg-Haglund said the Amer­i­can Le­gion truly “pro­vided a gift to the Escalon com­mu­nity” in al­low­ing C.A.R.E. to share the lo­ca­tion and help serve those who face food in­se­cu­rity.

“They are al­low­ing us time to find a new place to use and have worked hard them­selves to try and se­cure an­other op­tion for us,” Berg-Haglund said of the Le­gion mem­bers.

In fact, the Le­gion cre­ated a small task force, he added, to help search for a new lo­ca­tion for the food cup­board.

There are some spe­cific re­quire­ments, such as the need for mul­ti­ple re­frig­er­a­tor/freezer units for food stor­age, a re­stroom for vol­un­teers and, at the least, a mop sink to as­sist in clean­ing the fa­cil­ity.

C.A.R.E. of­fi­cials are also on the look­out for po­ten­tial prop­er­ties to lease or pur­chase and those with prop­erty that may be suit­able could po­ten­tially re­ceive some tax ben­e­fits, as the or­ga­ni­za­tion is a non-profit.

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