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Hospice of Montezuma celebrates move to new home

A search for a new copier led to a move to a new home for Hospice of Montezuma.

The nonprofit has moved into the former Triad Western Construction building at 512 N. Broadway. The copy machine at the former Hospice location on South Broadway was broken down, so workers went to look at the copier at the Triad Western building. Two months later, they had moved into the building, Assistant Director Carol Baumgartner said.

“We’re very excited,” she said. “Everything came together quickly.”

Hospice of Montezuma hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting Thursday to commemorate the opening of the new location.

The new building is about twice as large as Hospice’s former home, and it’s far more visible and accessible, Baumgartner said. The old location was set back from the road and had a gravel driveway and parking lot.

More offices, a conference room and a community room are features of the new building. Members of the community donated time, money and gifts during the transition, so Hospice’s executive director, Wendy Weygandt, said hopes to share the new space with the community.

“The community all wanted a piece of this,” she said.

People will be able to rent out a community room, on the back side of the building, for events, Weygandt said. The room can be closed off to the rest of the office, so that Hospice workers can continue their regular work with privacy, she said. As more clients are coming to the office for their needs, that’s an important aspect of the new space, she said.

“We have more privacy here,” Weygandt said.

The move was a quick turnaround, but the Hospice board of directors were supportive of the transition, Weygandt said. Area banks were flexible in helping to finance the move, she said.

Artists donated some works to help decorate the office, and members of the community donated furniture and other gifts to furnish the office, Weygandt said. Donations such as those help, because the organization serves all people, even if they can’t pay for services, she said.

“We’re a community-oriented nonprofit, so it’s great to see the community support,” she said.

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