Ace Palm doesn’t mince words when she talks about the grand opening of the PROP Shop’s new Family Services Center addition.

“I think it’s the best thing that ever happened,” Palm said.

“The most important part of the PROP Shop is the clients,” the 95-year-old volunteer said.

Palm was among the volunteers, donors, staff and community supporters visiting the PROP Shop for the grand opening of the Family Services Center addition Monday.

The addition “was built with tremendous community support from local businesses, civic organizations, schools, and many individual donors and volunteers,” according to a news release.

In the six-and-a-half years since it opened, the release said, “the PROP Shop has helped more than 1,680 families, providing them with clothing, household goods and furniture valued at more than $725,000. The new addition has increased the space available for items and has enabled greater privacy for services.”

PROP Founder and Executive Director Cindy Eddy and Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens cut the ribbon at the grand opening event.

“It’s unbelievable that people are so kind and generous,” Eddy said.

Board Vice President Kathy Educate said, “The entire community has come together to make this happen.”

Among those who worked on the addition were students from Hennepin Technical College.

“The volunteers made our students feel very special,” said Hennepin Technical College Dean of Industry Joy Bodin of the 21 carpentry students that worked on the project.

Daniel O’Brien, an architect with a room named for him in the new addition, said, “There’s just so much compassion here.”

Of the PROP Shop founder, who was also honored with a plaque during the event, PROP Shop Board President Deb Karulf said, “It was Cindy’s dream.”

“And it’s a dream come true,” Educate finished.

Karulf suggested going online to smile.amazon.com, where the PROP Shop has set up a donation page. Those shopping can pick an organization to receive a percentage of their sale.

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