Johnson County, MO, Mar 02, 2011 -- In a ceremony on March 2, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced that the Johnson County Board of Services has received $50,000 in Grant funding to construct a parking lot at the sheltered workshop, located at 607 North Ridgeview Drive in Warrensburg. The new parking lot will provide expanded parking for the clients and customers of the thrift shop, café and recycling center in the workshop. The workshop employs 58 special needs people and 10 staff. The Johnson County Board of Services contributed $5,000 toward the total cost of the project.
“I am pleased to hear that with the help of competitive grant funds the Johnson County Sheltered Workshop will be able to offer more accommodations to both customers and employees,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “Ensuring that Johnson County continues to make improvements to this workshop is important to the community and to the opportunity for employment for many of the area’s special needs people.”
“The parking lot addition has really helped to alleviate parking lot congestion at the sheltered workshop,” said John Scherer, Director. “We have had compliments from the public, and we are pleased that it could be constructed without cutting down any trees.”
“Sheltered workshops of the kind found in Warrensburg provide an essential service to their communities,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am pleased that the community will benefit from the services of the sheltered workshop. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these projects.”
Anyone seeking more information about the Community Facility Program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567- ext 4.
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