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Sandy Graves, director of Neighbors in Action, pictured last week adding some fresh paint to the new offices of Healthy Community Partnership at 333 Main St., La Crescent. 

Healthy Community Partnership, the umbrella organization that supports a number of La Crescent non-profits, is moving into new offices in downtown La Crescent.

The group is moving into the single-family home at 333 Main St. that’s owned by the city of La Crescent next month. It will be the first time the organization has had a centralized location.

“It’s going to be a shared center for all of our Healthy Community Partnership programs,” said Sandy Graves, the director of Neighbors in Action.

Healthy Community Partnership is the parent organization of Neighbors in Action, the La Crescent Food Share program, the La Crescent Community Bike Shoppe and the Windy Ridge Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center, among others.

The 333 Main St. location will provide offices for Graves and another employee of Neighbors in Action, starting May 1, and eventually will be home to the Food Share program, which is currently housed at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Records for all of the Healthy Community Partnership programs will be housed centrally for the first time at 333 Main St. and the new office will serve as the administrative hub for the organizations, Graves said.

But the new offices will mean more than a location for storing files.

“One of our objectives in having a central location that is visible is that a lot of people don’t even know that Healthy Community Partnership exists, let alone what we do,” Graves said. “Our hope is that when we have a sign on Main Street and people drive by it every day that they’re going to start asking some questions.”

Eileen Krenz, the executive director of the La Crescent Chamber of Commerce, is the president of the board of the Healthy Community Partnership.

“It’ll be remarkable to have one place that we can call our home,” she said of the new space, which is located on the same block as La Crescent City Hall.

The city bought the property with a view to demolishing it and eventually using the site for a new municipal building. The project is still at a conceptual stage and so the city council agreed to allow Healthy Community Partnership to use the house for at least one year. The group doesn’t have to pay any rent but will cover the cost of utilities.

“We are so incredibly fortunate to be able to work with the city,” Graves said.

Graves and Krenz said they’ve been looking for some time for an office for Healthy Community Partnership because several of the non-profits it supports have grown so quickly.

Neighbors in Action provides support services to seniors who need assistance to stay in their homes across Houston County.

Krenz said the food share program serves between 60 and 80 people a month and has grown considerably, both in the number of people it helps and the volunteers that support the program.

An open house at 333 Main Street is planned for Thursday, June 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Graves said. Healthy Community Partnership is teaming up with the La Crescent Chamber of Commerce to organize the event and more details will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on Healthy Community Partnership, go to lacrescenthcp.org

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