|Posted by Administrator on May 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM|
This is the text from the Calling All Angels Mission posting about the expansion project. (Sans photos.)
To see the original post, along with the diagrams and photos, go to the Mission site here.
The Calling All Angels Complex
Lots going on this month as we begin to ramp up on our efforts to expand both the shop and the outreach.
We have a GoFundMe campaign in order to help us pay for Phase One of the project. In this phase, we are raising money to get access to a database that has all the information we need to find grantmakers to fund our capitol project. I have identified the best database and the best price for us. The $399 subscription has too little information and the $1499 one has more than we need. So we need to raise $999 to pay for it.
To this end, we are still selling the pens and vases I mentioned in last month's post. We are accepting direct donations at the shop. And, as I stated above, we have a GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/t75has) campaign. On May 30th, we will be holding an Art Auction (event page on Facebook is www.facebook.com/events/841037112633344/) at the Frisky Goat Coffeehouse at 611 Broad Street in Milford, PA.
Once we reach our goal and write / get the grants, we will move onto Phase Two. In this one, we are going to purchase property for the project.
Phase Three is the construction of a multi-funtion building that will house 1) the new thrift shop 2) offices for Pike County Hands of Hope (their Facebook page is (www.facebook.com/pages/Pike-County-Hands-Of-Hope/1494982297439345), 3) a meeting room / gallery / classroom area. (More on these things a little further down.)
Phase Four will be (if we get the property we want) the renovation of an existing building for use as a Congregate Dining Hall. (Note - if we don't get the property - that is, if someone buys it before we can - we will have to build this from scratch and it will cost considerably more.)
And finally, Phase Five is the construction of a 7-unit temporary housing apartment building.
This is a very ambitious project. Please pass this information along to everyone you know. We can use donations, support and prayers in order for this vision to become a reality.
Some More Info
The conditions our volunteers work in the existing thrift shop are less than ideal. Not only will the construction of a new building offer us the ability to carry more items we do not have room for right now and items we are not allowed to unless we have a permit / equipment / space to process them, but our dedicated volunteers will have a safe, clean environment in order to do their work. Plus, many people have offered to volunteer but cannot due to the space we have (close quarters, dusty, poor lighting, cold in winter, hot in summer, musty). Therefore, if we make this better, we will get more volunteers and thus be able to do more for the community.
The aforementioned items - like padded furniture, baby bunting, pillows and quilts - will then have a place to be processed. Right now, we cannot by PA law sell these items. B ut with the larger space, there will be ample room to do this.
With a new building, we will also be able to have a separate entrance for donations. Currently, we carry them through a packed store full of customers. This makes the shopping experience less than pleasant.
With a single floor layout, we will also be able to return to offering shopping to our elderly and special needs customers who may not be able to navigate the stairs in our current shop. We sued to have seniors from Belle Reve and Milford Senior Care come, and we offered them places to sit, drinks and snacks. With a new store, we will be able to do this once again. And with the larger, more open layout, our sales should increase exponentially, thus helping us help more people.
The classrooms on the second floor (accessible by stairs AND an elevator, will be open to all. We will put out invitations to agencies and groups such as CDD and veterans groups. There will be painting classes, jewelry making classes, ceramics classes and more (as suggestions for what the community wants). Plus we can offer seminars on healthy eating, healthy living, as well as survival classes such as how to balance your checkbook and budget for household needs.
The second floor space will also be available for non-profit groups to use for meetings, training and such.
After speaking with the President of Pike County Hands of Hope, we decided to build the 7-unit apartments so they could temporarily house people in need while they find something more permanent. And they will now have seven more places to put at-risk people up during the emergency cold weather of our region.
So, as you can see, we have lots happening. We will continue updating our progress.
Thank you and have a blessed day.
The Staff at Calling All Angels Mission"