By BETH ALTENA
Cathy Ellis, President and CEO of the Meijer Credit Union, said she is pleased with the new, very visible and larger location which was opened with a ribbon cutting on Friday, April 12. The new spot, 2745 Ten Mile in the ??? Center, features a classy, well-lit interior done by Rockford Construction.
“We are really excited to be here and to be more visible,” Ellis said. She said moving from the previous location of the past eight years in the Rockford Meijer store took place relatively quickly and Rockford Construction did a wonderful job in a short amount of time.
Ellis said the Meijer Credit Union employees look forward to continuing their support and work in the Rockford community. One organization that benefits from the Credit Union’s generosity is the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding located north of town. The center, now on 34 acres, was founded in 1990 and recently benefited from a renovation.
Kathy Ryan, Exective Director of Equest, said the facility has a waiting list of over 100 kids who benefit from riding and interacting with the center horses, either indoors in a heated arena or outdoors. The facility also has a sensory trail. Children and adults ages two to 94 with mental and physical disabilities benefit from the therapy.
Ryan said the center has two full time employees and a staff of 15 but relies heavily on volunteers. She said four riders at a time can be accommodated, but each may need as many as four volunteers, so it can take up to 16 people to assist in each four-hour ride. There are 32 horses at the center and 160 riders each week all year round except for Christmas break.
“This is an example of businesses of long standing in the community helping each other,” Ryan said of the ribbon cutting and social event.