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Mother Fool's Coffeehouse starting repairs, plan to give support back to neighborhood

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MADISON (WKOW) -- After an outpouring of support from the community, the owners of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse are looking for ways to pay it back to the neighborhood that's helped them in their time of need.

An SUV crashed through the front doors of the coffee shop on Williamson Street in Madison over the weekend, destroying much of the front room. A man was arrested, facing a charge of OWI causing injury for causing the crash.

The crash caused a lot of damage and required a lot of cleanup. Now, the owners are finally able to start to get to work repairing the damage. Inspectors have come through and they've learned they have to replace flooring and do a bit more work than expected, but Stephanie Rearick tells 27 News the hope is to open, at least in a limited capacity, in a few weeks.

"Some of our workers will help us reconstruct the space, a lot of people in the area are offering labor, so we're definitely on the upswing at this point, seeing sort of the power of community and cooperation," says Rearick.

A citizen carpentry coop from St. Louis is in town this week helping get started on repairs. Since the crash, the community has also rallied to support the long-standing coffee shop, raising more than $14-thousand in an online campaign in just three days. Willy St. Co-op donated gift cards to Mother Fool's employees to cover their food costs, too.

"Everything about this place has been about the kindness of neighbors and about our place in the community, so that's really coming to save us and it's making everything feel so much better," Rearick tells 27 News.

Rearick is most disappointed to have lost a hand-crafted mosaic that hung over the entryway to the coffee shop, but she says now they have a chance to revitalize the space and make it beautiful again, thanks to the support from the community.

Now, she's looking to pay that help forward. Once they're back up and running, the owners want to use the donations to create a recovery fund in the neighborhood that's always there for anyone who has an emergency.

Rearick is part of a group called Mutual Aid Network. The group is holding an event at the Social Justice Center on Willy St. on Sunday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. to talk about their recovery fund idea and come together as a community.

The owners hope to have a portion of the coffee shop open in time for the Willy Street Fair on September 17 and 18.

Loved ones have also created an online fundraiser for the crash victims who were in the vehicle that went into the building. The page says the victims are recovering, but are expected to have high hospital bills because the driver didn't have insurance. An update to the page says only one of the victims remains in the hospital, awaiting surgery.

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