JOLIET, IL — Joliet's United Cerebral Palsy Center for Disability Services intends to begin the school year with in-person classes starting Monday. On Friday, Joliet's Rytech company donated labor and cleaning supplies to sanitize the entire building, 311 South Reed St., to ward off the new coronavirus.
This marks the second major sanitizing donation made by Rytech in recent months. Rytech also donated its equipment and manpower to sanitize the Joliet Police Department's entire fleet of vehicles in April.
The Joliet company is located on Cherry Creek Court. Rytech specializes mold remediation, water damage repairs and fire restoration. However, since March, Rytech has remained busy with coronavirus sanitizing and deep cleaning projects. Rytech's owner said that the staff at Joliet's Cerebral Palsy Center contacted him following Joliet's Patch article in April.
"We had a great feedback from a lot of people who were grateful for it," Rytech company resident Ray Gallant told Joliet Patch.
School officials told Patch they have 37 students enrolled for next week's in-classroom activities and the school can accommodate up to 50 students.
The other half of the building is used for the adult services programming. About 40 adults participate in the programming inside the United Cerebral Palsy Center.
Gallant told Joliet Patch on Friday that he was happy to donate his company's services to make sure Joliet's United Cerebral Palsy Center on Reed Street remains free of the coronavirus.
"It could be a pretty penny, but it's for a good cause, and they're preparing for school," Gallant said. "It's a plant-based product so it's safe and non-toxic for students and staff.
"We're giving them some training so that (maintenance workers) can do some of this stuff. We're doing the whole school, restrooms, gymnasium, hallways, all the classrooms."