Richmond, MO, Apr 27, 2011 -- Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, attended an Earth Day celebration at the Sunrise Elementary School in Richmond, Missouri on April 27, 2011. In honor of Earth Day and improvements to the Shirkey Nursing Home, a poster contest was sponsored by USDA Rural Development and Shirkey’s Nursing Home. A number of creative and informative posters drew attention to the energy efficient improvements for the residents. Judging of the posters was completed and prizes were awarded by Chris Brown, Administrator at Shirkey Nursing Home to the winners.
The Senior Citizens Nursing Home District of Ray County, commonly known as Shirkey’s Nursing Home, is completing major improvements to their facility to increase both energy efficiency and resident comfort levels. USDA Rural Development is providing a $3,000,000 loan to assist in funding the improvements. The project replaced an inefficient boiler heating system with more efficient through-the-wall electric heating/cooling units. These units will reduce energy costs for the facility and provide climate control in each room for the residents. Old windows were replaced with double-paned low-e advanced argon filled windows and the original flat roof was replaced with a pitched roof, with additional insulation to increase energy effectiveness.
The funds for the improvements are provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility program. This program provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for essential community facilities, which includes health care facilities, libraries, fire stations and equipment.
Dunning stated, “Community Facilities are essential to the quality of life in any rural community. USDA Rural Development, through the Community Facilities Program, is pleased to assist the Senior Citizens of Ray County Nursing Home District with these improvements to their facilities. The new upgrades will help meet the basic needs of residents, reduce operating costs, as well as improve the comfort levels for the tenants. It is exciting when the youth in the community can join our seniors in recognition of Earth Day and energy efficient improvements to the nursing home.”
Shirkey Administrator, Chris Brown thanked the Board of Directors for their commitment to the project and their continuing support and direction. He stated that the Board is “active and caring” in the decisions they make to provide the best care possible for residents. He also expressed appreciation for the funding through USDA Rural Development. Special thanks were directed to the Rural Development staff at the local Richmond Office and the St. Joseph Area Office. They worked together to help guide us through the financing package for this project.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides funding and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or contacting Barbara A. Ross, at the St. Joseph Rural Development Area Office, 3915 Oakland Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506 or by calling (816) 364 - 3767 (extension #4).
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