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Big Brothers Big Sisters Moves to New Location

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley

President and CEO Jay Justin says the new headquarters, at the corner of Elmore and Kimberly Road in Davenport, has double the space of their old location. With more room for meetings, for training, to enroll new adults and kids, and for staff offices.

"We're not a facility that people go to for their programming. We don't have a gymnasium, we don't have classrooms or computer labs, or anything. Our facility is purely the launch pad into experiencing what the community has to offer."

It's made possible by donations from the Mel Foster Company, the Ficke Family, and John and Bonnie Leinert - they are board members and both served as "bigs" in the past.

Justin says the Quad Cities chapter serves 13 counties in Iowa and Illinois, with more than 800 adults now acting as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.