Pella Chronicle

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April 28, 2014

Updated: Tenco to take over Care Facility

(Continued)

Knoxville —

Tenco is taking over two local group homes also operated by CCI. Wright does not believe many changes will take place with either of those, or the day-to-day operations with the Care Facility. 

Terms of the agreement between Marion County and Tenco are not yet finalized. Agan wanted to thank everyone for their patience regarding this issue, as he has received calls from vendors, employees and others, regarding the future of the Care Facility. 

While Pella's Christian Opportunity Center was passed over for the new agreement, Wright is hopeful that COC will work with Tenco in the future. He believes they can work together to meet the two organizations' common goal of helping those with special needs. 

COC Director Rod Braun said that his organization is "okay" with the supervisors' decision. He said the supervisors were presented with two "very different" proposals for the future of the Care Facility, with COC managing the home, while working to move residents into more independent situations. 

According to Braun, Tenco was involved in negotiations, about the facility, for over a year. COC was invited to the table approximately a month ago. 

Regardless of the supervisors' decision, Braun said that COC will continue to work with Marion County to provide services. He added that COC will also work with Tenco. 

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