CERT transforms an apartment into a community center | News

ROCHESTER, Minn. – These are the people you see in the red shirts who are helping out Rochester.

Recently, the Community Engagement Response Team, also known as CERT, opened a community center in a location close to the homes of many Rochester families.

“We just want to do something for the community to make it safer,” says member Tiesha Bailey. “You know, people feel safer in a facility and just want to be here, so if something happens we’re here to step in and help as best we can.”

The Resource Center is located in the Edgewood Apartments. CERT worked with the property manager to provide this service. It offers rooms full of computers where people can stop and get some work done and where children can take private lessons. The apartment also helps people in difficulty.

“Sometimes people have tough times, struggles, and we’re just here to calm their nerves and their emotions and things like that and let them know that they’re safe and we’re here to help them in any way. possible ways,” Bailey tells KIMT News 3.

The Community Engagement Response Team Community Center is open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone interested in using the community center can call them or message them on Facebook. They can be reached at 507-990-7039.

CERT hopes to collaborate with other apartment managers to provide more community centers in the Mediterranean city.

Jill E. Washington