Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Alano is Looking for a Caretaker

 

The Alano Club of St. Joseph is looking for a Caretaker.

 

The Caretaker lives in the Alano building at 401 S. 11th.  We offer a large bedroom, full bath, a shared kitchen, and plenty of fellowship.

The responsibilities are negotiable but generally include locking and unlocking  the main entrance – thus maintaining building hours, keeping the kitchen and bathrooms clean, some floor cleaning in group rooms (sweeping and mopping), routine yard work like cutting the grass and shoveling the walks, and a full time presence at Alano.

This is a great opportunity for someone in recovery and perhaps on disability.

The last caretaker paid $100 per month – but that is negotiable depending on other responsibilities.

 

Please send inquiries by letter to: Alano Club, 401 S. 11th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501; or by email to glclark4750@gmail.com.  Be sure to leave contact information.

Also, I am generally at Alano (401 S. 11th) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:30 to about 6:30 – come by if you would like to chat.

Gary L. Clark

Alano Club President

Community Service At Alano

Alano has never positioned the organization to accommodate general community service.  Community Service, in this sense, is service to a not-for-profit to fulfill some obligation – like education or terms of probation.  We have, on rare occasion, offered Community Service opportunities for individuals in specific circumstances.  Those circumstances are judged on a case by case basis.

At present there is a person performing eighty hours of community service.  She will be around for the next month or so.  The circumstance was that she needed the service hours for a traffic violation and we had specific projects in which she is uniquely qualified.  These projects are negotiated by both the President of Alano and the Property Manager.

We are not on the list of Community Service providers at Missouri Probation and Parole or on the list at the St. Joseph School District. There are several reasons:

  • We do not have organized on-going projects that we can easily plug someone into on a Saturday morning – or any other time.
  • We do not have a contact phone number for those organizations to reach us and schedule workers.
  • We do not have a property supervisor on duty to manage and regulate the hours or the work.

We do have several volunteers working in the building who are not obligated to any community service – they work in order to serve others.  One lady in particular has taken on the kitchen as her challenge.  She has done a deep cleaning and has hung new curtains.  She supplied the curtains.

Spring is upon us.  There is work to be done on the landscape.  There are weeds to pull and flowers to transplant.  These jobs are not suited to outsiders doing Community Service.  The kitchen lady has adopted a section of the landscaping by the fence.  She will be working at her leisure to keep her area pleasing to the eye.

One of the 401 Group members has volunteered to cut the grass until we can install a new Caretaker.  This is no small thing – we are committed to being a good neighbor and we must maintain our property at the level expected in a Neighborhood Association.

We are talking, and talking, about forming a Property Committee – a group of able bodied men and women who want to help with our routine maintenance needs.  FYI – all of the work restoring the walls and ceilings and new blinds falls under the category of routine maintenance.  The idea would be for these folks to meet once a month or so and identify small projects -for instance:

  • An emergency light with a failed battery.
  • Storm windows in need of repair.
  • Windows sealed shut with duck tape.
  • Weather stripping around windows and doors is a constant need.
  • Gutter drains around the base of the building.

There is much to do and we cooperate with other organizations as we are able to get this work done.

March Alano Board Meeting Rescheduled to March 20th

The regular March Board meeting falls on Easter.  We are rescheduling to Sunday March 20th, at 5:30 PM.

Some items on the agenda:

  • Burglary of NA.
  • Caretaker replacement.
  • Building security
  • Keys to the building
  • Silent Auction
  • Alanon may want to add a Sunday meeting.

Burglary At Alano – NA Rent and Literature Money Stolen

Please help restore NA Rent and Literature money.  Send $10 – $50 dollars to Alano NA Fund, 401 S. 11th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501.

The Narcotics Anonymous safe was broken into today, probably between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  About $500 in cash was stolen.  This was money to be used to pay the March Rent and to restock literature.

Police were notified.  They took a report and about fifty photos of the crime scene.  The safe is locked in a closet.  That closet is located in a locked room.  The lock to the room and the lock to the closet were pried open.  The safe was breached using some heavy pry bar.  The Group money was stolen.

We gave the police the names of primary suspects.

In the past six months the Board has chosen to prosecute criminal behavior at Alano.  One person has been prosecuted for property damage.  We have also chosen to enforce our Codes of Conduct.  Six people have had their privileges restricted.  Those six were hanging out at Alano and not attending meetings.  This action was taken because small thefts were occurring – like a lamp was stolen from the Al-Anon room.  We believe the lack of a caretaker has attracted some unsavory characters.  This incident reinforces a need to be serious about enforcement of conduct policy.

The next Board meeting will likely result in more restrictions, and perhaps a locking of the facility between meetings.  Sadly, this sort of action is counter to the safe and serene recovery community we are trying to build.

Please help NA by sending $10 or $20 dollars to Alano Rent Fund, 401 S. 11th. St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501.  We are trying to raise $500.00 to pay the NA rent and to restock their literature.