By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
GLADSTONE, MO (KCTV) -
When a local women's shelter needed help, a Kansas City company stepped up in a big way.
It started as a botched laundry room renovation and turned into a laundry list of upgrades for Synergy Services.
"It's a crisis center that has people coming in and out every day. It needs some work to replace things, walls need painting," said Dennis Meier with Synergy Services.
Meier says their safe haven campus had been working with a national home improvement chain. The store sent volunteers to do the work, but Meier said they promised to do more than they actually did.
"One of the issues was we had things half completed. That cut into our programs here, kept us from using some of the rooms," Meier said.
And their space is limited. The shelter only has 34 beds, and the half done job left them limited even more. So Synergy reached out to Bryan Caton with Midland Tile and Granite.
"When it came up, it was Christmas. I thought it was a nice thing to do. As a corporate partner, you've got to give back to the community," Midland Marble and Granite CEO Bryan Caton said.
Caton said he knew his company could help. Then he saw a few more things his company could do.
"When this popped up it was right up our alley. These are things we do, things they need. It was something we could get on really quick, they had been down a while," Caton said.
Caton reached out to some of his suppliers, and they agreed to help. The laundry room project turned into new tile in a hallway, new carpet for some stairs, and countless other small fix ups. It turned out to be an $8,000 job donated to Synergy.
"Synergy relies on local people and corporations to make this mission work, the mission to stop family violence requires all hands in," Meier said. "The support we get from this community is outstanding. We are very grateful."
Caton said all the work should be done, and the shelter should be back to normal by the end of the week.
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