In the spirit of Christmas, a local tech company (Certified Scientific Instruments) has made a donation of a new freezer for the Rainbow’s End Group Home in Sonora.
Rainbow’s End is situated in a beautiful home on Big Hill. The facility cares for six developmentally disabled adults who work in the WATCH program and contribute to the Sonora community cleaning up and landscaping many business parking lots and private homes. You see them often around town raking and weed-whacking in their yellow dayglo vests with the WATCH buses and trailers. They are always happy to cheerfully say hello and smile to passers by.
It is a lot of work to run this facility. Every trip to the grocery store alone is a $600 load. Needless to say, the amount of food to sustain the group for a couple of weeks requires some equipment. And on Thanksgiving this year Rainbow’s End suffered two large failures of the most important appliances in the home, the kitchen oven and one of the two freezers required for preparation and storage of food.
According to Kim Malavey, the director of Rainbow’s End, “It all happened at once! Thankgiving Day everything broke down. I spent $1500 on a new oven, and was still looking for another freezer, when CSI Sonora stepped in and asked to help.”
Certified Scientific Instruments Sonora is a new company in our area that just moved here to the Crystal Falls Business Park a year ago after 15 years operating in the Bay Area. The business is involved in the servicing and production of genetic and DNA research equipment.
Jerry Maxwell, the operations manager for CSI said, “We moved here a year ago because the area is a wonderful location for a business like ours. And we wanted to get involved with the community.” The business has indeed stepped up to the plate, getting involved with Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce and donating to local events. “When we heard about Rainbow’s End and their search for a new freezer online,” said Maxwell, “we knew this was something we had to help with, especially since this is the Christmas season.”
Fortunately CSI had a freezer available. “We knew we could sell this on Ebay or online,” according to Maxwell, “but Rainbow’s End was a good cause. So we decided to donate this to the home to help them in the spirit of Christmas.” And on December 9th CSI loaded a -20°C Fisher Scientific Freezer onto the company truck and delivered it to Rainbow’s End. “It’s a little more than the average home freezer, being made for laboratory use, but it has a lot of room, will last for years and is very economical to run and easy to operate.” said Maxwell.
Kim Malavey was thrilled. “Here it is almost Christmas, and I was prepared to spend our Christmas money to buy a new freezer, but CSI came through. I can’t thank them enough!” When asked about this Jerry Maxwell replied, “It’s just a good thing we could do. We care about WATCH and our community and this just seemed like an excellent way to contribute!”
CSI Sonora is open for tours to the public Monday through Friday in the Crystal Falls Business Park. “We are striving to show our community that this area has high-tech companies,” says Maxwell, “and the Sonora area is not just loggers and miners. We will continue to grow and welcome anybody anytime to come in and see the rocket science we are deveploping right here in Tuolumne County. And,” he added, “it’s all for the good. Our business is helping in the search to cure many genetic diseases with our equipment and services to the scientific community.”
Anybody wishing to contribute is urged to call CSI at 209-288-2445 or contact them at www.certsci.com. They urge any local companies also willing to donate to WATCH or other community services or organisations to join in the cause. “We are all in this together,” says Maxwell, “let’s make this a good Christmas for everybody!”