A gift of property to a regional health care organization could provide an assisted-living center for elderly Haines residents.
Haines retiree Lucy Harrell recently announced she would turn over a downtown apartment building and three lots behind the Thunderbird Motel to REACH Inc. to build the center, which would serve elderly residents in need of regular medical or nursing care.
Juneau-based REACH, which provides family health and counseling services, recently moved its local office into the Harrell building, which contained five apartments before the nonprofit renovated it for its use.
"REACH is leasing the building and renovated the lower level, so I thought they could find a good use for the entire building," Harrell said Dec. 12.
REACH Executive Director Rod Moline said the nonprofit is in the very early stages of involvement in the project. Moline said REACH has contracted with the same Juneau architect that recently completed the design of an assisted-living facility in Skagway to consult over building options.
Feasibility studies have shown there has been a need for an assisted living center in Haines since the mid-1990s.