It’s well known that the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) supports and promotes non-profits throughout the county and surrounding areas. From the Non-Profit forum hosted by the CCDC each November to donating and helping promote awareness for local non-profits, the development corporation makes sure those that need help most are not forgotten. Many of these organizations give to the community when other businesses can’t, and this time of year, with the holidays, the frigid cold, family stresses, and more can make the need for non-profit support more important than ever.
One local organization that has been delivering help and recovery services to those that need it is Restoration Ranch – a recovery and rehabilitation home, focused on getting members back on their feet through counsel, faith, and education. Restoration Ranch was established just on the eastern outskirts of Osceola in 2011. Initially, using personal property and homes for those in need, they quickly outgrew their original confines. With a generous donation of a modular home – previously temporary administrative space for Clarke County Hospital – Restoration Ranch quickly grew to facilitate space for half a dozen and sometimes more members – men, women and families that simply need the basic needs like clothing, shelter, mentorship and the education for basic life skills.
The CCDC, in November, voted to further increase the value and facilities Restoration Ranch has to offer by approving a $2,500.00 donation to cover expenses associated with additional properties recently acquired. The new facility, in the Osceola city limits, will be renovated with new windows and framework through the donation. Michelle Davis, Executive Director of Restoration Ranch presented the need for the renovation upgrades and made the case for improving and increasing their services based on the almost overwhelming demand they have been seeing lately.
Prior to the most recent donations, Restoration Ranch also received support from the CCDC in the form of a Pillars Grant for the funding necessary to move and renovate the modular home donated by the hospital. That grant, for the amount of $20,634.00 assured those in need would have the resources through Restoration Ranch to get their lives turned around and back on their feet.
“Clarke County, first and foremost, is our community,” said Bill Trickey, Executive Director for the Clarke County Development Corporation. “When organizations like ours can help support those in need, it further helps strengthen that community sentiment and builds something we can all be proud of.”
As winter temps drop and the holiday season quickly approaches, Osceola and Clarke County, Iowa will see non-profit organizations inundated with calls for assistance. The CCDC board and its members will continue to address the needs of the community. Non-profit organizations are welcome to reach out to the development corporation for support – whether it be through support like that for Restoration Ranch or simply building awareness for the programs through communications, public forums and other channels.