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Operation Threshold moves into its new home

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- It's an organization that helps hundreds of Iowans in three counties. Operation Threshold houses a number of programs aimed at helping low income families under one roof.

Operation Threshold has never worked out of a building that was built just for them, but that dream has become a reality.

After the floods of 2008 they moved into an office space on Waterloo's east side, but this weekend they will be moving out of that cramped work space into a state of the art facility.

The new building has plenty of room for each of its programs, unlike its previous site.

Barb Grant the Executive Director of Operation Threshold said the floods of 2008 took a lot out of this organization.

"When we flooded it was devastating. We owned two buildings in all of Black Hawk County for office space and they were right next to each other and they both flooded. We had no office space. We lost an untold amount of records," said Grant.

Their previous buildings on Jefferson Street were unsafe after the floods and they found a temporary home in this office space just off of Dane Street.

"We were having a difficult time finding space to house us that we could afford because we owned our own building in the past and did most of our maintenance ourselves and our space costs were very low," said Grant.

Before the plans were finalized for the new facility it was expected that Operation Threshold would return to its old building after being remodeled, but those plans changed quickly after a new project came to the forefront a new multi-million dollar sports complex which will go on the same site.

The new facility means a lot to these workers at Operation Threshold, but they also know it will mean a lot to those they help.

"We're so excited about being in the new building. It will really be much more ideal for serving our clients. This building was never ideal, but it was... We had to make it work," said Grant.

The new facility is located in the new human services campus on Lafayette Street, which is right across from the old Rath Packing Company administrative building.

Workers will continue to move into the new facility this weekend. They will open for business Tuesday morning, February 1st.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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