Newly remodeled CIRSI building a boon for clients, staff

Central Iowa Residential Services, Inc. Director Jeff Vance and staff can’t wait to show off their new home.

And, along with the building’s many windows, they won’t be hiding their excitement over the space for its Adult Day Service.

After years of looking, CIRSI struck pay dirt when they made arrangements to purchase, and then move into, the newly remodeled building at 111 E. Linn St., formerly known as the Boys & Girls Home.

CIRSI, founded in 1974, serves approximately 200 children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

It serves Hardin, Marshall, Tama and Powesheik counties.

CIRSI had outgrown its previous address at 1002 S. 12th Ave. years ago.

“Our old property was too small to effectively house our staff and serve our clients too,” Vance said. “It had limited parking. We had to rent another downtown office in addition to the 12th Avenue office … they combined for a total of 7,000 square feet. The 12th Avenue office had one window. Now we have 12,000 square feet and plenty of parking and windows.”

The extra square footage will be put to good use.

“A goal established by our board of directors some time ago was to combine the administrative office, casework department and adult services program, all for the benefit of our clients and to best use staff talents,” Vance said. “Our new site allows us to meet that goal now and well into the future.”

The Adult Day Services is an alternative to vocational or job experience programs. The goal of the program is to focus on exercising the mind and body while participating with others in community events and attractions.

Richard Schrad, of Marshalltown, has served on the CIRSI board of directors since the mid-1990s.

“After several years of hunting we were finally successful. The new location allowed us to consolidate services, and now our dedicated staff can more effectively serve our clients,” Schrad said.

Board chairman Brad Iverson of Marshalltown echoed Schrad’s comments.

“Our staff performed admirably under extremely crowded conditions on 12th Avenue,” he said. “Our new facility gives them the room to do their jobs and best serve our clients.”

In addition to its Marshalltown administrative office, CIRSI has satellite offices in Iowa Falls and Grinnell.

“We are all very excited and grateful for the new building and all it brings, as well as allowing us opportunities to expand our services into the community,” said CIRSI staffer Kim Sorem. “We hope to see many townspeople and central Iowans at the open house.”