Get the Doors Open
We have purchased property that houses three buildings, one of which now meets code. We have come to a standstill with no funds for airconditioning or insurance that will allow us to open. We need to open soon before we lose our tax and gov. status. With that done, we will immediately welcome people in and start our projects. We have several very qualified leaders with college education and experience in community service. Our intent is to remain neutral in regard to church denominations and special interest groups---everyone is welcome and valued.
This work is very dear to my heart, because I am 68 years old and had open-heart surgery last year (after taking many years to get my bachelor's degree in Christian Studies). I have the education and experience to give back part of what has been given to me, but time is getting short, and there are many needs in this communityand county. A high percent are on food stamps and free school lunches: it's a poor area. Many turn to drugs. We would be most grateful if you could help us make a safe and encouraging place for these teens (and other ages).
A lot has been happening since I last updated. We have torn down a house that was too damaged to restore. We saved much of the boards from the tear-down. Surprisingly, we discovered the 1x12' and the beaded ceiling boards are worth quite a bit of money. We will use them to help restore the house next door at 1516 Fisk for an outdoor open-air event location that will help us fund the teenage outreach program located adjacent at 309 Third Street, Brownwood, Texas. That will keep lumber out of the landfill and will give us a unique ambiance for decor.
God has richly blessed us with metal roofing donated to us from Mueller Metal in Ballinger, Texas. We are also in negotiations with Home Depot for materials for use in the porch section of the open air venue house. (We are cutting a 20 foot hole in the back wall with the help of an engineer.)
We are planning a June event at The Light with live entertainment. Be watching for the date and time.
There have been some changes in the RS&L. We have new board members, and we are more focused than every in reaching out to the community, especially to the teenage and young adult crowd. I have been voted Director of Development, and have been training for grant writing and promotions. We are adding on programs in education and mastercrafts to overlap the existing programs where the RS&L will truly be a place to be mentored, nurtured and enabled for healthy development.
We want to thank each of you who have helped us in the past and express appreciation for those who will help in the future.
We have been busy upgrading our property. The green house is now demolished, per demand from the city, and others repaired. We are putting on new programs, and starting a new drive for the new year.
We have a new director who is great at non-profit work. Glad to have her.