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Montevideo American-News
  • Ground broken for new Chippewa Enterprises facility

  • Staff and board members from Chippewa Enterprises gathered together at the empty lot at the intersection of Benson Road and Ashmore Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. After a few years of fundraising, they were able to break ground for the construction of a new facility for the organization, which began in the 1960s.
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  • Staff and board members from Chippewa Enterprises gathered together at the empty lot at the intersection of Benson Road and Ashmore Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. After a few years of fundraising, they were able to break ground for the construction of a new facility for the organization, which began in the 1960s.
    “We provide work and work training for those with developmental disabilities, to help them achieve their goals and be productive members of the community,” explained Gwen Bowler, executive director of Chippewa Enterprises.
    Their current facility is located at the fairgrounds, on the south side. Bowler said that Chippewa Enterprises has been very grateful for their building, and that it has served them well, but it is time for an upgrade. The current building sometimes has ground water leaking in from beneath.
    “Every time it rains we get water,” Bowler said. “As a nonprofit, when problems come up, we just deal with them.”
    However, a new building without those problems will open up more possibilities for Chippewa Enterprises, Bowler explained.
    “We’re hoping our occupancy will grow,” Bowler said. She feels a new facility will be more appealing, and invite more people to utilize Chippewa Enter­prises, which has a license for 60 people.
    The new facility will also allow for easier access, and the possibility for more work options.
    “We’ll be expanding our recycling program,” Bowler said. “We currently recycle Christmas lights.”
    There will also be an attached garage, where an instructor will be able to teach Chippewa Enterprises’ clients about car detailing and support them as they work.
    “That’s a huge service we are really looking forward to starting,” Bowler said. “There is a lot of need for it in the area.”
    Chippewa Enterprises has a goal of raising $100,000 to help cover the costs of the new building, and so far, $35,000 has been raised.
    “We are thankful for everything we’ve been given,” Bowler said.
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