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It’s all about getting better

Mary Thompson

More than 15 volunteers, armed with hammers, paint brushes and caulking guns, went to work Saturday and Sunday to repair Sierra Recovery Center’s in-patient houses for alcohol and drug dependent people.

The two houses, which are located near Brockway and U.S. Highway 50, are places where people with drug or alcohol problems can go for treatment. The treatment includes 30 days room-and-board with group and individual therapy.

One house has been in use as an in-patient care facility for 18 years and the other has been in use for over 30 years. Both needed maintenance.

According to the volunteers, the roofs were leaking, the walls needed paint and the floors warranted new linoleum.

But after two days of work, the job got done.

The volunteers, who call themselves “Team Kaizen,” came from Vistar International, a Reno organization that offers educational training programs that work within the community.

“Kaizen is a Japanese word that means constant, never ending improvement,” volunteer Terry Laymance said during a lunch break between projects at one of the houses.

But Betsy Port, executive director of Sierra Recovery Center, said anyone can volunteer or donate goods for the center.

Team Kaizen members welcome community participation.

“It’s a way to give back to the community, instead of taking all the time,” Kathleen Becker, a volunteer, said.

Port said that dwindling state and federal funds are to blame for the lack of money at the center, which is a nonprofit organization.

“We have a waiting list of 13 people for the housing and we have 14 empty beds but we can’t take them because we don’t have the money,” she said.

Sierra Recovery is planning a fund-raiser and raffle at 4 p.m. on May 2, at the Tahoe Bowl, 1031 Fremont Ave. in South Lake Tahoe. Prizes for the raffle were donated by area businesses and include: a week-long stay at one of the Ridge Tahoe’s timeshare facilities, gift certificates to local restaurants and free massages. All donations and proceeds from the raffle will go toward more repairs at the houses and for treatment costs for patients who are not able to pay.

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