CLEAN CLOTHES, BEDDING Laundry Love launches in Jamestown
A new effort in Jamestown aims to help people do their laundry at times when finances are challenging.
Laundry Love, a human care initiative that partners with groups and local laundromats to wash clothes and bedding of individuals and families living in poverty, is available from 3 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Park Plaza Mall location of Rainbow Laundry, 410 10th St. SE. The goal is to help ensure the health, hygiene, economic and relational well-being of people.
Tina Kostecky said she and her husband recently changed apartments and that it is a difficult time financially. A friend told her about the Laundry Love poster, she said.
“I’m a little tight this payday and so it helped me out to get my laundry done,” Kostecky said.
Katherine Gregory, who is Kostecky’s mother, said her finances are also challenging right now having just moved to Jamestown from Aiken, S.C.
“The moving was quite expensive and so it really is helping me out,” Gregory said.
Terri Krovoza, who started the program as a member of the community outreach services committee at Jamestown Seventh-day Adventist Church, said a young mother told her it typically cost around $50 to do laundry each week. People between jobs or having unexpected expenses are also in need, she said.
After reading the brochure of a Laundry Love program set up by a church pastor in St. Cloud, Minn., Krovoza said it was something she felt would be supported and appreciated in Stutsman County. Area churches are collecting cash and laundry supply donations, she said.
“ “We started looking at ways to get money for it and that is kind of how it all started and I am hoping (it) becomes a whole community effort.”
TERRI KROVOZA, who started the Laundry Love program through a committee at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamestown
“If there is a need here in Jamestown then it would just be a neat thing to provide,” Krovoza said. “We started looking at ways to get money for it and that is kind of how it all started and I am hoping (it) becomes a whole community effort.”
The only requirement is to register so Krovoza can record how many people participated. If the Laundry Love project demand and donations grow then it could expand to more than once a month or increase in hours, she said.
Deb Struble, the laundromat owner, said she knows there is a need for the Laundry Love program.
“It’s expensive doing laundry and every little bit counts,” Struble said. “I think it’s a great thing if we can help people out with it.”
Em Burkett, director of Stutsman County Services, said many people are on a limited budget and when it comes to choosing between food and laundry, people are going to pick food.
“This is just another opportunity to help people that need the help,” Burkett said.
The Laundry Love founders credit T-Bone, a homeless man in Ventura Calif., who expressed that people would treat him like a human being if he had clean clothes.