While change is never easy, there are many positives to Community Sharing’s (CS) new home in the Duck Lake Center at 5061 Duck Lake Road in Highland. First and foremost, there is private meeting space for clients to meet with staff, which the Apollo Center didn't provide. “Apollo was completely open. But the new facility features offices that ensure confidentiality,” says Barb Maher, CS Board Member.
Second, staff now has more space. Space has always been an issue and a headache, particularly for the storage of food as well as items for the Spring & Fall Garage Sales.
The move was necessary because Huron Valley School District (HVS) needed to expand its childcare and preschool programs at Apollo Center. "HVS has been extremely kind to CS throughout the years so we knew they would take care of us. With this move, they offered a facility that provides three times the space we had,” Maher explains. Nancy Coratti, HVS Superintendent, has a mutual sentiment: “We are fortunate to have maintained a decade-long relationship with CS and we look forward to continuing this partnership."
CS Duck Lake Center will be open on July 24, 2017. To help clients, donors and volunteers navigate the new facility, volunteers created signage. The new signs identify designated parking areas, entrances, exits and drop-off locations for donations of food, clothing and garage sale items.
Coordinating this move wasn't new to CS as growth has required multiple moves. “We have gone from serving 30-40 families per month to as many as 360,” Maher says. “And we can't forget the efforts and dedication of our volunteers. We are so blessed with amazing people. They make it possible for CS to provide vital resources to members of our community who are in need.”