Officials with the Aroostook County branch office of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross have moved into new, larger quarters in downtown Caribou.
“Your Red Cross has moved just a few blocks,” said branch manager Joyce Knorr, “but the facility is just as centrally located and because it is larger we will be able to serve County residents better.”
On Feb. 1, the disaster response and emergency preparation agency will be open for business at 7 Hatch Drive, Suite 250, behind the Family Dollar store in the Caribou Office Park building. During the transition the Red Cross continues to be available for emergencies 24 hours a day by phone at 493-4620.
According to Knorr, “The new suite of rooms is really lovely. We have three office spaces, a conference room and a storage area. Our thanks go to building owners Philip and Janice St. Peter, who have prepared the space so beautifully, making it inviting for everyone, and accommodating the needs of the Red Cross so well.”
Knorr offered her thanks to the residents at the Christopher Home in Caribou, who assisted with the heavy lifting during the move, and to the Loring Job Corps Center’s commercial driver’s license students and instructors, who helped make the move possible.
“These wonderful people loaded and moved office equipment and furniture. Just as they did when we moved three years ago from Presque Isle to Caribou, they made the move easy and painless for everyone involved,” she said.
Also receiving praise were local Red Cross disaster volunteers Bob Jordan and Bill Thomas, who provided many hours of packing, loading, unloading and dismantling and rebuilding of equipment.
The move follows expanded operations by Aroostook Region 5 EMS Services, which housed the previous Caribou Red Cross office.
According to Steve Corbin, Aroostook Region 5 director, “The addition of a Regional EMS Training Center as well as stricter security measures resulted in the need for our organization to pursue other developmental options with regards to occupancy space and our needs for the future.”
“I want to thank Aroostook Region 5 EMS Services for their support for the past three years,” said Knorr, “and for providing affordable office space for the American Red Cross while we occupied their facility.”
There will be an open house for the community at the new Red Cross facility in early March, Red Cross Month. The open house date and time will be announced soon.