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  • Arrowhead West building awaits finishing touches

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  • The newest addition to the Arrowhead West facilities in Pratt is finished and is waiting for decorations as finishing touches to complete the project.
    Arrowhead West staff was able to move into the newly completed building two weeks ago and have just completed getting all the furniture and supplies in place, said Andrea Polf, division manager.
    The only thing left to do is decorate the walls that are currently bare.
    An open house is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the new facility that is located in the Prairie Parkways Business Park just north of Pratt Community College. The building is just east of the Pratt Area Humane Society.
    The public is encouraged to attend the open house and explore the new facilities, said Nadine Lampe, Arrowhead West development manager.
    "We're very excited to have the space," Lampe said. "We're hoping to expand our services with the additional space."
    The new facility has nine offices, an attached two car garage, a laundry facility with the capacity for expansion, an elaborate shower room with a lift system, a multipurpose room that includes a kitchen where clients can cook meals, seven classrooms, a computer lab, a retail area where client-made items can be sold, a television room and seven restrooms.
    The facility also has the capability of providing services to the community that will provide extra income for the facility. They can provide a shredding service as well as a laundry service.
    The television room was outfitted with a donation from Push America, a group of college fraternity brothers that ride bicycles across America every year to raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities of all types.
    The group stops in Pratt every year to share a meal and participate in activities with Arrowhead West clients.
    The room is furnished with a big screen TV, an X Box and several games.
    A bare patch of ground on the east side of the new facility will soon be transformed into a garden area complete with a walking trail, flower beds and a vegetable garden where the clients can do gardening and grow some of their own food.
    Other Arrowhead West facilities had areas like this but it wasn't possible in Pratt until the completion of the new facility, Lampe said.
    The facility was made possible with the use of tax credits. Arrowhead West was able to obtain $25,000 through the tax credit system.
    Arrowhead West serves about 40 clients, many from Pratt, and will be able to serve them more efficiently with the new facilities, Lampe said.
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