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Heights Unlimited flooded but continues to help community

 

August 22, 2019

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Above and below, floodwaters rose to the ceiling of Heights Unlimited's storage area. 6 weeks later it reopened at a new location.

As the flood waters rose inside the basement storage area of Heights Unlimited, ultimately carrying their freezer to the basement ceiling, HU Leadership Team Member Gina Bauer's one thought was for their current customers, as well as potential new customers that would be needing assistance in the days and weeks to come. Perishables were moved to MOM (Middleton Outreach Ministry) and the rest of their food to New Heights Lutheran Church where they set up operations temporarily. In the days immediately following the flood, Natalie Beil, Mazomanie Chamber of Commerce Treasurer, organized a great deal of resources for flood victims which were distributed through the Mazomanie Community Center. Heights Unlimited coordinated with Christians in Action (CIA) food pantry in Mazomanie and many volunteers, including Fiskars employees, helped move items from Second Chapter, empty the Second Harvest truck, and bag over a thousand apples. One organization donated gift vouchers to HU to distribute to flood victims and HU connected flood affected with available resources. A Facebook closed group, "What's Happening Mazomanie" has been a great communication tool and resource for recommendations for plumbers, furnace sellers, etc. to those who are rehabbing their homes.

People who were affected by the flood but had never utilized the services of HU were reluctant to accept any clothing or food, fearing that others more in need would come along after them. They were reassured and encouraged to accept these gifts because doing so would allow them to reallocate resources to repairing their homes. Those with steady incomes, too, were hesitant for the same reasons, stating, "other people have it worse", but the volunteers at HU were persistent in encouraging them to be on the receiving end of the whole community's efforts to help.

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Above and below, floodwaters rose to the ceiling of Heights Unlimited's storage area. 6 weeks later it reopened at a new location.

On October 2, Heights Unlimited's food pantry re-opened at 1529 State Street. While getting there is a bit tricky during the bridge repairs (follow KP toward Mazomanie, turn right on Olsen, then right on 12 and turn into the BP station, turning right into the last building), HU had 37 shoppers that day, which is a typical Tuesday at the pantry. Second Harvest, through grants and gifts, is replacing both their lost freezer and refrigerator with larger, commercial grade units. HU is working closely with Second Harvest to significantly increase the amount and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available to their customers while also reducing the number of dessert items that they carry. The Clothes Closet opened October 9 , with even more space than before. Many businesses and organization have contacted HU about running a food drive or contributing money and the Leadership Team is "overwhelmed, thrilled, and touched by this support," states Ms. Bauer. One donor has given $10,000.00 to sponsor their annual Matching Gifts Program occurring in November and December, HU's largest fundraiser of the year.

 
 

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