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401 Club plans open house Saturday, Sunday

The basement has an area for meetings, as well as bathrooms, a kitchen and space for storage and educational materials.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 401 Club will have an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 401 S. Kimberly St., on the corner of Kimberly and A Street.

The 401 Club is in the building that formerly housed the local Jewish synagogue for 110 years. Feb. 14, members of the synagogue sold the building to the non-profit.

The 401 Club serves as the meeting place for people in 12-step programs. They have Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics and Overeaters Anonymous. They are open to other 12-step meetings and are hoping to start Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous and Ala-Teen.

The building had been mostly vacant for the past 10 years, according to 401 Club member Karen, whose last name is not being used because she is a member of a 12-step program.

She said the building has a long history in the community. It started as a Swedish Episcopal Church on Brown Street. In 1909, the building was purchased by the Jewish community and moved to its current location. The heat was kept on during the time the building wasn’t used, so it is in good condition, Karen said.

The upstairs, which has a stage and seating for about 100 people.

The group that sold them the building is grateful it is being utilized, she said, and not just being allowed to deteriorate. She thought the public might be interested in seeing the inside of this historic building.

The building is set up well for what they use it for, she said. There is plenty of room in the basement for meetings with social distancing, with bathrooms, a kitchen area and place for educational materials and storage.

The main floor has a large area with a stage and seating for about 100 people. The doors open on either side of the upstairs room and can be closed off when not in use.

“Because of the COVID-19 virus, the main floor has not been used yet. We are looking forward to having open speaker meetings on Saturday evenings as time progresses,” she said.

For information on attending the open house or starting a group meeting, call 262-497-4241. Dial the hotline at 906-774-0900 if you or someone you care about is having a difficult time with addiction or for information on other meetings in the area.

Marguerite Lanthier/Daily News photos This nondescript building at the corner of Kimberly and A streets houses the 401 Club. Once the local synagogue, it now serves as a home for several 12-step programs since spring.

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