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Coat drive

Students from Archbishop Bergan helped prepare for the Uniquely Yours Stability Support coat drive. One hundred seven coats were distributed to those in need around the Fremont community.

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Having something warm to wear is a given for most people once the leaves fall off of trees, temperatures drop and snow begins to fall.

For some people, though, cold weather gear is not something that just sits in their closet until the time comes to wear it.

For some people, the clothes on their back are the only thing they can afford.

Because of this, Uniquely Yours Stability Support, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to serving those in need around the Fremont community, recently held a “Warm Weather” event to provide people around the community with coats so they can brave the elements when the weather inevitably turns nasty.

To make room for all of the donated coats – far more than 100 were provided through community donations – students from Archbishop Bergan High school helped load clothing from Uniquely Yours’ clothing center on to a large truck to take to Low Income Ministry of Dodge County on the Wednesday before the event.

The freshly made space was then filled with the coats.

Robin Ritter, executive director of Uniquely Yours, said there was an original goal of giving away 100 coats. At the end of the day on Oct. 17, 107 coats were picked up from the Uniquely Yours Community Center, 240 N. Main St.

Additionally, 25 books were distributed to youth in attendance, she said.

“It’s through events like this that we have the privilege to hear the voices of those in need,” she said. “What these people want from a community center is to help move them forward by offering a better life for them and their families.”

Uniquely Yours opened its doors in 2007, and moved to the Main Street location in May 2014.

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Services provided include: helping arrange employment, giving information about community services, case management, winter coats, bedding, clothes for interviews, a computer lab, reading glasses, community resource navigation and so much more.

Nothing is just a handout, Ritter said, it’s all about helping people get back on their feet so that they can move forward with a healthy, productive life.

After the initial help that Uniquely Yours provides, the goal is for the people they help to become contributing members of the community.

“Now they are not necessarily connected to the community because of using our services,” Ritter said. “Now they are truly connected because they are part of it.”

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