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Powerhouse Ministries finally back in business

By: Laura Meyers, Special to the Telegraph
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The Powerhouse Ministries’ Transition Center reopened Aug. 1 for the first time since an electrical fire severely damaged the building in March. The fire broke out in an office, but the smoke and water damage resulting from the fire affected the entire transition center. Powerhouse Ministries, an interdenominational non-profit organization, created the Transition Center three years ago to bring aid and support to homeless women and children. The transition center, located at 705 Wales Drive, closed for five months for cleaning, repairs and remodeling. “It’s really been a process to get everything back in order,” said Julie Selecman, PR representative. “With the smoke damage, the building had to go through a thorough cleaning process because of toxic residue left behind by the smoke.” During the closure, residents of the transition center and Powerhouse Ministries’ staff were moved to offsite locations. “It’s been a huge setback for the entire ministry,” said Nancy Atchley, Executive Director of Powerhouse Ministries. “Residents were moved to a house and our offices were moved to our Market Street site.” Yet, Powerhouse Ministries still provided food, shelter, counseling and transportation for their relocated clients. The 10 residents who moved back into the transition center were welcomed by improved living quarters. Private rooms were added for women with children opposed to the former communal rooms. Powerhouse Ministries plans to continue its improvements throughout the transition center. “We’re starting construction on a commercial kitchen and moving our offices,” Atchley said. “Our goal at the Wales site is completely the transition center.” Lakeside Church in Folsom donated a playroom for the children and childcare is now provided to residents. With a newly hired behavioral therapist, it is continuing to develop the children’s program.