Eau Claire (WQOW) - After its first building was destroyed by fire, a local non-profit is glad to feel at home again in a new, more efficient building.
Reach provides a variety of different services for people with disabilities. Its building on 3rd Street was burned down by a Minnesota woman in September of 2013. The woman was high on meth at the time and was charged with arson, endangering safety and possession of meth.
Now, almost a year and a half later, Reach has officially moved into its new building on Heimstead Road. Crews started moving in last Thursday and celebrated their first day on Monday. The president and CEO said their old building was inadequate, but they had been making it work for years. He said this new building is perfect and much bigger than what they were used to and that his clients are happy as well.
“They were devastated when the fire occurred they wondered if reach was even going to stay in business and we wanted to prove to everybody that we were going to stay in business, as I mentioned 50 years in business and we're going to have more than 50," says Reach President and CEO Stacy Wigfield.
Before moving into its new location, Reach was temporarily working out of the East Ridge Center.