Executive director Kaylin Bettinger with departing board member Denise Roberts, who is moving to lead a new flock after five and a half years of dedicated service to the Upper Valley commuity through MEND
For more than 20 years, the Community Cupboard food bank, and other Upper Valley MEND services like their low-cost thrift store, have operated out of space owned by the city of Leavenworth on 14th Street. However, at the end of 2019 the current lease ends, and the City plans to use that space for its growing public works operations across the street, including an expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The programs of the Community Cupboard will need to find a new home.
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LEAVENWORTH — Upper Valley MEND announced Friday that it has halted its once-promising and highly lauded Meadowlark affordable-housing project due to insufficient funding, rising costs and unforeseen delays.
“We worked hard to get our cost structure down. The contractors were trying to work with us, but we just couldn’t get there,” Chuck Reppas, executive director of the non-profit human-services organization said Saturday by phone. “We feel that… the numbers are never going to improve over time. It’s not feasible, period.”