Simonka Place reveals revamped recovery room

Remodeling of a full recovery lounge at a Keizer women’s shelter was marked by a ribbon-cutting Friday, Dec. 23.

Dan Clem, chief executive officer of the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) in Salem, cut the ribbon at Simonka Place, which provides emergency services such as food, shelter and clothing with access to case managers, counselors, a dayroom, mail service and work referrals.

The shelter, which is part of UGM, was named for George Simonka, who was a longtime UGM executive director.

Members of UGM, Home Builders Association, New Life Fellowship and Professional Women Builders participated in the ceremony.

Kathy Smith, director of Simonka Place, described the room as “a place for women to come together, chill out, rest and relax.”