DUNDAS, Minn., Jul 21, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer joined officials from Epic Enterprise in Dundas today to celebrate the grand opening of Epic’s new 10,000 square-foot day activity center for individuals with disabilities. Rural Development helped finance the project with a $1.5 million loan through its community facilities program.
“USDA is committed to improving the quality of life for all persons living in rural communities,” Landkamer said. “Epic Enterprise provides a valuable service in the region and this new facility will allow the organization to continue its strong track record of positively influencing the lives of people with disabilities.”
The new facility has additional classroom and activity space for life enrichment classes like art and music activities. It also has a larger parking lot for vehicles to transport clients with physical disabilities. The facility also includes increased accessibility and a sensory room that serves clients with autism.
“We are thrilled to be in our new building,” said Linda Hibbard, Executive Director of Epic Enterprise. “The financing provided by Rural Development made this project possible. Our new building helps in fulfilling our mission to serve people with disabilities in the Rice County area.”
Epic Enterprise was founded in 1976 to provide services to 29 individuals with disabilities. The organization now serves 100 clients and employs 45 people. The new facility will allow Epic to serve more clients and reduce monthly building and operating expenses.
Through its community facility program, Rural Development finances hospitals, clinics, day cares, nursing homes, fire halls, emergency response buildings and equipment, schools and other essential facilities. Rural Development has invested almost $200 million in essential community facilities throughout Minnesota since 2009.
To learn more about Rural Development programs, call the local office in Faribault at (507) 332-7418, ext. 4, or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn. To learn more about Epic Enterprise, call 507-645-6800 or visit www.EpicEnterpriseInc.org.