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Shady Rest should open for tenants in August

by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Reverend Maureen Doherty drives by the Shady Rest apartment complex in Cedar Falls almost everyday. One day after the flood she decided to stop.

"So I stopped one day simply to inquire as to what really happened here and the Paulsons explained the night of the flood all the units were full and everybody had lost everything," said Rev. Maureen Doherty. 

"And she asked if we needed help and I said more than you can imagine," said Phyllis Paulson.

The Paulsons have owned Shady Rest for 15 years. It's their livelihood.

Doherty made it her mission to help rebuild the apartment complex. Numerous volunteers, including Americorps came to help. For expenses, Shady Rest received a grant from Episcopal Relief and Development as well as help from the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.

The goal is to have most units finished by the end of August. Four lower apartments will be turned into handicap accessible units and will hopefully open in September.

"It was built in the 1960s and the codes for building in the 60s are much different than they are now, so we had to re-do drywall we thought was okay and ended up doing down to the skeleton," said Greg Greubel.

Greubel is a UNI student and Americorps volunteer who quit his job to continue working on this project.

"To get done we're gonna need to put in 10 to 12 hour days. That's why I needed to quit that job," he said.

The Paulsons don't know what would have happened to Shady Rest if Doherty hadn't stopped that day and offered to help.

"We couldn't even fathom. They've got their heart into it. You can tell where their heart's going," said James and Phyllis Paulson.

Doherty doesn't regret stopping either.

"We have a tendency to look at things and say it's too big or too much and there's just no way and there is a way," said Doherty.

Moved by the generosity people have shown to them, once Shady Rest is back open, the Paulsons plan to do more volunteering to help others in need.

The total cost of the project is about $100,000. Volunteers and especially appliances are still needed.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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