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Community outreach organization opens new facility

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Listen Community Services has finally opened its brand new multimillion dollar facility in White River Junction.

The River Point complex is located right over the river from West Lebanon. It houses a brand new spacious thrift store which generates much needed revenue for the community outreach organization. The building also has a room dedicated to teen life skills, and a 130-person dining hall which is now home to the nonprofit's nightly community meals program.

"This means that we can prepare meals nightly at our own schedule and a schedule that works for our dinner guests. We don't have to worry about space not being available in some other place. The programs is 28 years old and it really needed to have its own home," said Merilynn Bourne of Listen Community Services.

The community helped raise $1.6 million to make the project happen; $500,000 came from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, a well-known philanthropic organization in the Upper Valley.

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