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A new home for Handy Hands

Thursday was a day of celebration for founder Jacki Kelsch and her team as they started moving boxes into their new work space at 7616 W. Fairview Avenue in Boise.

Charity organization Handy Hands Reflections is moving into it's new home. It's a positive move forward after a tough couple of months.

The volunteer based group makes personalized scrapbooks for families who have lost a loved one.

Both the charity and it's founder recently suffered their own losses this year. They lost the lease on their work space and founderJacki Kelsch lost a son.

It's been a rough summer but now things are looking up.

Thursday was a day of celebration for founder Jacki Kelsch and her team as they started moving boxes into their new work space at 7616 W. Fairview Avenue in Boise.

"i just can't believe how much has happened in 3 months," Kelsch said.

She says everything was going so smoothly until they were told they had to leave the space they had been crafting in for the past five years.

"I said we're a very functioning very, a lot of work sitting on my desk I can't just fold it up just like that," Kelsch said

They were given until June 8 to move out but they had nowhere else to go. In the midst of this sudden move Kelsch suffered a personal tragedy.

"It's really hard. I knew how to help others through that but to have other people try to help me it's not a position that i ever thought he would be in or want to be in or need to be in"

Kelsch's son Jake died suddenly during an accident at work.

"Her son's death impacted all of us because we all love her, love working with her but it's it's another passage in life," friend and handy hands team member Candy Cardillo said. We like to help people with and yet when it kind of came home. It was a reminder you just you're given today."

Just a few days before her son died he told her he would find a new place.

"Through his passing I think he actually has because when I drove in here to look in the windows, it was like I always told both my kids, you're going to get a no until you ask.," Kelsch said. "Go in and ask, you know it's like a slap upside the head, 'mom just go ask all they can do is say no.'"

So that's what she did. She went inside and met one of the owners Jones Sew and Vac. The owner and her son agreed to share the space.

"She loved what we did and i don't know I mean why she opened her doors to us but I'm so thankful so thankful and I just feel my son led me here and is still helping today."

Kelsch and her team tried to keep up with requests out of their homes but they're now more than 30 albums behind.

They say they're excited to move forward in their new space.

Handy Hands Reflections will be holding an open house at their new location on October 4 from 3-7 p.m. You can stop by and learn what their charity does, sign up to volunteer, and request a scrapbook.

They will not be accepting any new donations until they are fully moved into their new space.


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