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DHS says men from Atalissa bunkhouse are adjusting well

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Human Services says the men removed from a bunkhouse in Atalissa more than a year ago are doing well.

Charles Krogmeier, Director of DHS, says nine of the 14 men who stayed in Iowa have found jobs, and 13 have settled into permanent housing with roommates.

Twenty-one mentally handicapped men were removed from the bunkhouse in February 2009 when it was declared unsafe by the fire marshal. The men were employees of Texas-based Henry's Turkey Service, which provided the housing for the men.

All of the men were originally from Texas, and 7 of them returned to live with relatives according to DHS. The rest are in the Waterloo area and being supported by funding from Medicaid and services from Exceptional Persons, Inc.

According to Krogmeier, nine of the men have found service jobs in grocery, department and thrift stores. Three of the other men are considered retired and the two others are attending job skill programs.

Krogmeier says 13 of the men are living in apartments with each other, averaging about 4 roommates. One man is living in a larger group setting. Krogmeier says the men are in generally good health and he reviews monthly reports on their progress.

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