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“Adopt a room” at the Gundlach Shelter Home

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home is nearly done with the moving process, and asking the public to put the “finishing touches” on the relocation. Executive Director Mary Niemela says the past year has been difficult to keep a high profile, at the same time the organization has asked for unprecedented support to aid in renovations for a new home. Over the winter, generosity allowed for the building of four rooms. Each one has a distinctive color scheme and needs blankets, sheets, and a comforter for twin beds. Niemela says more than one set can be donated. In fact, she hopes that will be the case as they tend to fray quickly from too much use, and pandemic guidelines require them to be changed out more often. Towels and washcloths are wanted for the bathrooms.

Niemela says that if you can’t give material goods, the home would greatly appreciate a small cash donation to replace the building’s sprinkler system. Estimates for the project have bloomed from $20,000 to over $66,000 in recent months. Niemela recommends that those gifting money should specifically earmark it for the sprinkler project.

Lastly, she hopes for gifts that make the new home a reflection of the Keweenaw.

We were painting in there a few weeks ago, and a friend of mine was helping. We were talking about what to put on the walls. We could have people donate photos that they’ve taken, maybe it’s Lake Superior, maybe it’s the bridge, Copper Harbor, Houghton, Hancock. We don’t care as long as it’s outside pictures; birds, flowers that are native to our area.

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