Rebuilding Together: Basin Electric brings hope to amputee

If anyone ever said a little home improvement can’t bring people together, they probably haven’t met Chad Reisenauer.

Basin Electric’s Rebuilding Together team, which Reisenauer has led for the past three years, was in Mandan, ND, May 10, assisting a couple in need. The Basin Electric group lent a helping hand to Cliff and Clara Stack, who are receiving a revamped bathroom, new roof, new door, and some help with cleaning and yard work.

The cooperative is building the couple an accessible bathroom, as well as providing a new door and roof. Pictured are Jen Holen (left), event planner and charitable giving coordinator; Cliff Stack; Clara Stack; Della Mastel, accounting analyst II; Chad Reisenauer, manager of member support and services; and Deb Levchak, staff counsel.

The cooperative is building the couple an accessible bathroom, as well as providing a new door and roof. Pictured are Jen Holen (left), event planner and charitable giving coordinator; Cliff Stack; Clara Stack; Della Mastel, accounting analyst II; Chad Reisenauer, manager of member support and services; and Deb Levchak, staff counsel.

For the Mandan couple, who have dealt with various health problems and the loss of a son in recent years, the Basin Electric team’s green t-shirts were a reminder of the hope that lies ahead.

“For this to happen, we are just stunned,” Clara says. “We’re trying to wrap our heads around the kindness of this.”

Chad Reisenauer, Basin Electric manager of member support and services, led the cooperative’s Rebuilding Together team for the third year.

Chad Reisenauer, Basin Electric manager of member support and services, led the cooperative’s Rebuilding Together team for the third year.

As workers tended to the Stacks’ yard, Cliff watched from a wheelchair a few feet away. A blood clot cost Cliff his right leg, and moving about parts of his house has become a challenge. That’s where the new, accessible bathroom comes in.

When Reisenauer, Basin Electric manager of member support and services, heard Cliff couldn’t enter the bathroom without scraping the walls, and that the bathtub was about to fall through the floor, he knew the cooperative could show its support.

“You donate what you have, and that’s the time and effort,” Reisenauer says of Basin Electric’s Rebuilding Together team, which this year also included Jen Holen, event planner and charitable giving coordinator; Deb Levchak, staff counsel; and Della Mastel, accounting analyst II.

Cliff is thankful Basin Electric stepped in to help, and he is glad that Clara will no longer have to help lift him into the bathroom.

For Reisenauer, the Rebuilding Together project is a prime example of how Basin Electric aims to go above and beyond serving others.

“We’re trying to find things that can benefit the communities,” he says. “We’ve got volunteers. Let’s put them to work.”

Cliff Stack sits in the entryway of his bathroom before Basin Electric helped make it accessible.

Cliff Stack sits in the entryway of his bathroom before Basin Electric helped make it accessible.

A Wells Fargo representative, who also was among community members who reached out to Cliff and Clara Stack through Rebuilding Together, adjusts the showerhead in the couple’s new bathroom.

A Wells Fargo representative, who also was among community members who reached out to Cliff and Clara Stack through Rebuilding Together, adjusts the showerhead in the couple’s new bathroom.

Comments

  1. Outstanding!! Basin Electric continues to show there kindness and support of those in need throughout the community. Way to go and keep up the good work!!!

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