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The community is also urged to continue donations at the Second Street Entrance

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Volunteer Ruth Kandle puts out retail items at the Neat Repeat. She has been volunteering for 22 years.

With ambitious construction work taking place between the Prineville Soroptimist Senior Center and the Neat Repeat, there has been some confusion on whether the latter is open for regular business.

With the parking lot currently under complete demolition and construction, the back entrance to the Neat Repeat is inaccessible. Its phone line was cut, and calls haven't been going through.

All this said, it's business as usual at the Neat Repeat, with normal operating hours, and donations are still being accepted.

Meals on Wheels has resumed, and seniors are still receiving these important meals.

"Everyone wants to keep the seniors fed, so we are doing everything we can to keep it going," said Melody Kendall, coordinator for Prineville Soroptimist Center.

She said the parking lot that is between the senior center and the back of the Neat Repeat is closed until further notice. There are no entries from the back of the entrance to Neat Repeat; customers should enter through the main street entrance.

In addition, the thrift store is still taking donations, which will be received from the Second Street doors — across the street from Miller Lumber. There are signs by the sidewalk for clarification.

"It actually goes into the Neat Repeat lunchroom, but they are just taking everything in there and taking it back to the receiving area inside the store," Kendall said.

She added that there will be somebody at the receiving door, just like before at the back entrance.

When the back parking lot was demolished, the phone line into the Neat Repeat was damaged.

"The phone line was cut, and we are in the process of getting it repaired, and once we get it repaired, everything will be fine. That was the main number into the Neat Repeat," Kendall added.

She said that it hasn't affected store hours, and the store is doing business as usual.

"I want to encourage everyone to keep supporting us because that is the way we keep our meal program going, and while the senior center is closed, the meal program for home delivery is still continuing — and that is how it is funded."

Kendall said she is grateful for everyone's patience through the construction and changes. The contract for remodeling and construction indicates that construction must be done by Sept. 1.

"Right now, everything is just going as planned. The contractor is Griffin Construction, and as kind of the person that is working with them, I couldn't be more pleased," Kendall said.

She anticipates that she might be short on meal program drivers, although they must have a background check before they can volunteer. She added that they are the only volunteers the senior center is using. She is answering calls for senior center, and people can call 541-447-6844.

"We are still in full contact with everyone that needs to get ahold of us," she said.

Prineville Soroptimist Senior Center has a Facebook page as well. Kendall said that she is using it to update the public on grant progress the issue with phone lines at the Neat Repeat. She is concerned that there are a lot of rumors about whether it is closed due to the inability to call in and the work in the back-parking lot.

"We want the community to be involved in what's happening," she said. "We want them to be excited about what's happening and to see the changes — so when we open back up, we want more of the community to be involved with us. We want more of the seniors to get out and see what we do. When we are all done, we will have a big party."

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To contact the Neat Repeat, the number is 541-447-6429. If no one answers, the store is still open during regular business hours.

Hours of operation:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 170 N. Main St., Prineville

The number to the Soroptimist Senior Center is 541-447-6844. The number is available for calls as usual.

Senior meals are still being home delivered as usual. Donations to the Neat Repeat are the main source of funding for these meals. The public can still donate through the Second Street entrance across from Miller Lumber. Watch for signs by the sidewalk.


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