1. Early classes. Things are humming along with the new daily schedule. Currently, we run all residents through a 9 week job training program that includes life skills classes early in the morning, along with a healthy dose of grace and empowerment. The short video above (which I shot on my way to go teach class one morning) explains some of this transition, which our case managers have totally made happen in a smooth, smooth way.
2. Donated heat pump from original owner of building. One of the admin execs from the nursing home company (they own 13 facilities) that helped secure the transfer of the current MountainView property location to us popped in the other day with their director of operations. He asked if we needed an air unit (he noticed the air wasn’t working in the dining hall). After confirming that we did- and that we were looking to replace the one that had just gone out- he said he had an idea…
Turns out, he purchased an air unit for that same room a few years ago. Since they moved out of the facility, they never installed it. The thing had been sitting in storage.
“How about we send it back home?” he said.
What a grand idea! Thanks, Ball Healthcare- yet, again!
3. And a donated car. Ah… the reason the Director of Operations was there was because he was riding with his co-worker, a wonderful woman who came to donate a Volvo station sago to us.
We make about 200-250 trips / day. A new car… yep, that’s a great tool to add to the mix.
4. Channel 13 news visits to talk about drop boxes. Greg Privett, one of the staff reporters, called a few weeks ago about our drop boxes. ran the story on June 30th titled “Donation Bin Battle” (hit the link to watch the story). Apparently, our city is being flooded with drop boxes from area nonprofits and other for profit companies from out of town.
He asked what we thought about it. I stated our position is this:
Support a local ministry. If the box is pink, orange… blue… yes, we like yellow, but at the end of the day, give your stuff to someone who is going to put those items directly to use by giving them to someone who needs them, or by selling them and using the cash to help someone in our city restore their life. There are some great nonprofits in our city- my encouragement is to help them love and bless and our city, as opposed to filling the wallets of someone in another place that we’ll never meet.
Just my thoughts. Our drop boxes are listed here.
5. Thrift store update- expanded hours and drop box locations. By the way, we’ve expanded our hours, too, and the thrift store. Thank you for your continued support. As always, you can make a donation by finding our boxes, bringing items to the store or ministry center (where we have a box) or by calling our offices for a pickup- 205-868-3751.