By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — Thanks to efforts of the Catholic Service Board that operates Cinderella’s Cellar Resale Shop, the Kahl Home has a new van to take its residents to various activities and events in the Quad-City area.
On April 15 Marge Dale, outgoing president of Catholic Service Board, presented Kahl Home Administrator Rosalie Thomas with keys to the new van.
Thomas said the new van can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate residents with and without wheelchairs. All seats can be moved or removed and each has a seat belt.
The van will be used to take residents for rides, shopping and to get ice cream. The nursing home uses other transportation services to take residents to medical appointments. “We just don’t have the manpower to do that,” Thomas said.
Dale said the van cost about $60,000. Catholic Service Board raised money for the van from sales at Cinderella’s Cellar. The Kahl Home is a nonprofit, 135-bed skilled nursing facility that has served the area since 1955. It follows the mission and philosophy of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, based in New York.
Since the late 1950s, Catholic Service Board has assisted the Kahl Home with activities, crafts, luncheons, social hours, Bingo and other things. In the past the group has helped with the purchase of specialty medical equipment, furniture and items for the dining room, said Carol Harrison, publicity coordinator. Twenty years ago, CSB also purchased a van for the Kahl Home.