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Improving Grimes, One Project at a Time

Posted December 19, 2012 in Community Featured, Grimes

On a sunny afternoon in November, a small group of people gathered together at the Grimes Community Complex in the Governors District. The reason for the gathering was to celebrate a substantial event, but one that many in our community may not yet be aware.

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development was invited to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony in recognition of the Grimes’ new Congregate Meal Site. This meal site serves to address the daily nutritional needs of seniors while providing them with much-needed social interaction within the community. Securing a meal site in Grimes was one of the final major initiatives that long-time Polk County Supervisor E.J. Giovannetti undertook. It is an initiative that he has worked on for years and is now coming to fruition as his term as supervisor is set to expire at year’s end.

While this event was significant in its own right, the moment became even more special when we recognized that four particular individuals were attendance. These participants were Jay Brewer (Grimes Volunteer Support Services), E.J. Giovannetti (Polk County Board of Supervisors), Marie Hutcheson (American Legion Auxiliary) and Tom Armstrong (mayor of Grimes). These four individuals represent three wonderful advancements for the community of Grimes.

The ribbon cutting at the Congregate Meal Site marks the most recent of three major events in as many years that Grimes Chamber and Economic Development has been blessed to celebrate and promote that deals primarily with services for seniors in the community. The first event was the opening of Kennybrook Village, a continuing care retirement community on the west side of town. Marie Hutcheson was part of a small group of Grimes citizens who traveled down to the State Capitol grounds to ask the State to grant permission for such a facility to be built in Grimes. The Mayor and City Council were also instrumental in working with the developers of this project in ensuring that the project would indeed move forward.

The second event was the establishment of Grimes Volunteer Support Services (GVSS), headed by Jay Brewer. This organization provides free non-emergency transportation to medical appointments, grocery or pharmacy, other shopping, social events and delivers library materials for folks in need in the Grimes area.

The final event was the aforementioned opening of the Grimes Congregate Meal Site. Three significant events that have worked to improve the quality of life for seniors in the Grimes area significantly were accomplished thanks to a spirit of vision and a bit of hard work.

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development applauds the efforts of visionaries and implementers, and we relish the fact that we often get to work hand in hand on making great projects come true. We look forward to future opportunities to improve the community we feel so fortunate to serve. Learn more about us at or follow us at

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