A pub in Austria will soon have a piece of Waynesville Americana thanks to a program that is about to be implemented by Genesis House.
Good Samaritan Resource Center and Genesis House was able to acquire the old building that housed Bill's Sporting Goods next to Mallow's Market originally owned by the Ramsdale family along Old Historic Route 66 in Waynesville.
The non-profit intends to remodel and turn the space into a business as part of a program to teach life skills to the women Genesis House serves.
The space is under demolition now in preparation for remodeling the space. The beer and liquor sign out front was one of the things that had to be removed in order to begin the remodeling process.
The beer and liquor sign on the building has been there since the 50's and is part of the building's Route 66 history.
Good Samaritan Resource Center Executive Director Connie Chambers said the non-profit was aware of how valuable old signs could be which led to the decision to put the sign up for auction on Ebay.
Chambers reported that a restaurant and bar designer in Austria saw the sign and fell in love with it. The designer, who wishes to keep his name private, purchased it with plans to place it inside one of his establishments in Austria.
The money for the sale of the sign is earmarked for implementing the new program that will be housed in the space.
Chambers said Good Samaritan intends to turn the space into upholstery shop and furniture showroom. The plan is to take furniture donated to Good Samaritan to rehab for sale in the showroom.
The women from Genesis House, Good Samaritan's battered women's shelter, will be given the opportunity to work in the shop to learn life skills they can use to transition to life on their own.
Chambers said the women will be able to learn small business from the inside out by cycling through jobs that will teach them upholstery and furniture working, book keeping, marketing, human resources, management and sales.
"We hope to create a self-sustaining program," Chambers said.
Good Samaritan hopes the furniture store will support itself, as well as serve as a working classroom for the women who benefit from the program providing them with skills they can add to their resumes and use to find jobs as they transition out of Genesis House.
In addition to the on-the-job training the women will receive working at the store, Good Samaritan has teamed up with local business owners who will serve as an advisory team and help with mock interviews, as well as a package of classes at Ozark Technical College.
Chambers said that OTC is creating a package of classes that will compliment the program and Waynesville Career Center will be helping the women in need of obtaining their GED.
Chambers said the goal is to teach the women to be self-sufficient and to contribute to the community.