For more than 45 years, the DeWitt Referral Center has been serving the elderly, children, the working poor, and others in our community.

We are preparing to build a new space so that we can serve those people better. Imagine a place where people can walk through the doors in their most vulnerable moments and be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect while receiving the support they need for a stronger future.

The Problem

Our current building is small and aging. While we’ve done our best to make it hospitable, it has a lot of shortcomings. Use the toggles below to learn more about our problem areas.

The current building has limited storage space, meaning that we cannot keep furniture and appliances in stock for the people we serve, we can’t take advantage of bulk food purchases from food banks, and there isn’t enough space services and volunteers.

People who come to the Referral Center for services often need to have sensitive conversations with the staff. Our current building doesn’t offer any space where the people we are serving can be sure that no one overhears them.

The current building is not accessible to people with disabilities. 

The current building is in desperate need of repairs. Unfortunately, those repairs are cost prohibitive. It’s much more efficient to build a new building than to fix the existing one.

The Solution

Our new building will not only solve the problems that we’re experiencing with our current one, it will create new opportunities to serve the community! Use the toggles below to learn more about what this building will offer.

A larger food pantry will allow us to accept free and reduced-cost food from local food banks, and offer frozen and refrigerated items to the people we serve.

A larger thrift store will allow us to accept and store furniture and appliances. Some of these can go people in need. The rest can be sold through the thrift store, generating more revenue to support our programs.

Finally, both the food pantry and thrift store will have receiving areas, reducing bottle-necking as we offer services and process donations.

Two private offices will allow our staff to have sensitive conversations with people while guaranteeing their confidence. The separation of the food pantry from the thrift store will let people seek help without accidentally running into their neighbors.

The new building will be ADA compliant. It will be a hospitable place for people with disabilities to seek services or visit the thrift store.

Current Space

Future Space

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Estimated Cost (Including the Land)
  • Get a Donation Form
  • Make a Gift Online
  • Mail a Check

You can use this donation form to make a gift to our building campaign. Just download it, print it, fill it out, and send it (with a check if applicable) to:

First Central State Bank
ATTN: Sue Gravert
PO Box 200
DeWitt, IA 52742

Download the form here.

Please make your check payable to Concerned DeWitt Citizens and mail it to:

DeWitt Referral Center
c/o Sue Gravert
First Central State Bank
914 6th Ave.
DeWitt, IA 52742

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