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Artiist's rendering of the new Operation Threshold building. (Courtesy Photo) COURTESY PHOTO

WATERLOO, Iowa --- Operation Threshold will soon have a new home.

The agency will open at its new location, 1535 Lafayette St., at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The building is located across from the old Rath Packing Co. administration building and is diagonal from a Veridian Credit Union branch office.

To accommodate the move, offices will be closed Friday and Monday at Operation Threshold's temporary location on Chester Street. Operation Threshold moved there after flooding in 2008 damaged its offices in downtown Waterloo.

When offices reopen Tuesday, all services will be available.

Operation Threshold Executive Director Barb Grant is looking forward to the move.

"We are so excited to be moving into our new building," Grant said in a prepared statement. "At our temporary site we have been able to provide clients with the services they need. However, space has been extremely limited. We will now have the space to house our employees and equipment as well as provide quality customer service".

Operation Threshold will be the first organization to work out of a planned human services campus. The Iowa Department of Correctional Services plans to open a women's correctional facility at the site and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, a distribution center.

"It is hoped that more service agencies will move into the area and it will eventually become a place where clients can go to have many needs addressed in one location," Grant said.

Grants from I-JOBS, the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo and the city funded the construction of the new building. FEMA also contributed dollars and the city donated the property.

Operation Threshold will retain its phone and fax numbers as well as its P.O. box information.

Contact Operation Threshold at www.operationthreshold.org or call 291-2065.

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