VERMILLION, S.D. -- An old hardware store in downtown Vermillion is being renovated into a community center.
It'll be the new home for what's called the "Community Connection Center", a place where those in need can receive assistance from various groups like the United Way of Vermillion, the Vermillion Food Pantry, the Salvation Army and more.
Organizers say this will benefit the community as a whole.
"One of the things that came up a lot was that, we had a lot of organizations working in silos and not working together. There was discussion on really wanting a one stop shop model," said United Way of Vermillion Director, Kelsey Collier-Wise.
Collier-Wise adds that feedback from the community has been very positive, especially since 35% of Vermillion residents are at or below the poverty level.
"Every time we have brought people through, they have been very excited. We have so many volunteers that volunteer with multiple of these agencies, and now they can be cross trained, volunteer at once," Collier-Wise told us.
The building was bought by the United Way a year ago. They're nearing a March 1st move-in date.