MATURA to focus on what it does best

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 11:02 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 12:58 p.m. CDT

MATURA isn’t going anywhere.

A sign posted at the MATURA Neighborhood Outreach Center thrift store, 300 W. Montgomery St., had some residents concerned after reading of its impending closure.

As of Thursday, MATURA’s Neighborhood Outreach Center closed the thrift store to focus on client services.

MATURA’s Executive Director Ron Ludwig said a lot of energy was exerted into running the now closed shop.

“There are other opportunities for people to buy second-hand clothing in the community,” said Ludwig. “With a community our size, we just felt our role wasn’t filling a niche.”

Ludwig said MATURA will work with other thrift stores in Creston and Afton to help meet the needs of clients.

“The Rectory Rerun are willing to work with us anytime we have a family or individual in need,” said Ludwig.

Other MATURA news

With a target goal of “by the end of September,” services offered at MATURA’s neighborhood outreach center, 300 E. Montgomery St., will relocate to 210 Russell St., where the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is currently offered.

Until then, services will remain active on Montgomery Street.

Once services are relocated to Russell Street, the location will be referred to as the Neighborhood Outreach Center, with services including energy assistance, food pantry, housing services and other services leading to self-sufficiency.

No set plans have been announced to expand within the current building at 207 N. Elm St., however, executive and Head Start program offices will remain there.

To learn more about services offered by MATURA, visit

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