Storage unit helps out Sierra Recovery Center |

Storage unit helps out Sierra Recovery Center

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Coco Kelly, owner of The Substitute and treasurer of Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe, holds the key to the storage unit which was donated to Sierra Recovery Center.

When Sierra Recovery Center found itself with 40 beds and nowhere to store them, Coco Kelly came to the rescue.

Kelly, owner of The Substitute and treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe, proposed to the Kiwanis board that they offer SRC one of the club’s storage units at a discounted rate until November to store the box springs, mattresses and bed frames.

Then, Kelly further stepped up to the plate and volunteered to have her company, The Substitute, pay the rest of the storage bill for the recovery agency.

“I’ve always supported nonprofits in our community and it’s time I did something to help Sierra Recovery Center and I’m glad to do this,” Kelly said.

The 40 beds were being stored at Sierra Recovery Center’s Emerald Bay facility. They needed to be moved and stored until October and possibly November while demolition and reconstruction takes place on the 1948 motel that the nonprofit agency purchased last year.

The former Sandor’s Chateau will eventually serve as SRC’s administration offices, outpatient treatment and transitional housing for men, women and mothers with children. Sierra Recovery Center currently leases buildings for administration space, outpatient treatment and transitional housing for mothers with children, and those payments continue to increase. Once the Emerald Bay facility is open, it will save the agency money in monthly lease payments and allow the agency to serve 11Ú2 times more clients than they serve now.

“We are so fortunate to have such generous locals as Coco Kelly and the Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe to help us out when we need it,” said Betsy Fedor, executive director of Sierra Recovery Center. “Securing this Emerald Bay facility has taken more than 31Ú2 years. It has been an arduous process and we’ve needed help along the way. Thanks to many, many supportive citizens like Coco, we will see this dream become a reality.”

“The Kiwanis members and everyone at The Substitute are happy to be able to help out this agency that is working so hard to help so many people,” said Kelly.

In fiscal year 2004-2005, Sierra Recovery Center served 1,027 clients in outpatient and residential treatment, transitional housing, drug diversion and drunk driving programs. The agency now offers problem gambling counseling. Call (530) 541-5190 for more information.

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