It’s been an eventful week for Atonement. Our boiler (aka Spot, the Dragon) has cracked and won't be bouncing back. Then, just yesterday, an electrical panel caught fire. Thankfully, everyone in the building for these emergencies remained safe. Plans have already been underway for a number of capital improvements to Atonement’s facilities (including replacing the boiler), but now we must accelerate our efforts. As we head into the fall and winter, we miss Spot's heat greatly; however, dear Spot will be replaced by Puff, the Magic Heat Pump! And repairs to the electrical panel and the fire-damaged areas are now a top priority. We are seeking your support to address these pressing and necessary repairs.
These repairs—and the other planned capital improvements—will enable Atonement to continue to serve as the vital community center that it is, housing beloved organizations and providing a gathering place for meetings and events. So many rely on Atonement and call it home: By My Side Neighborhood Parenting, Recovery groups, Fishin’ In C Chamber Music, Fire Museum Concerts, Polling Site for elections, and of course our queer-affirming Christian spiritual congregation in the Fishtown neighborhood. This is not just about the building for us. It’s about accompanying people while they:
- figure out parenting
- try to include spirituality in gender neutral child raising
- navigate life and addiction
- find easy access to the beauty of fine arts
- are just trying to figure out how to get from here to there, whatever that might mean to each individual
It is never just about the building for us.
Under normal circumstances, a replacement would run around $30,000 to $40,000; however, the ongoing COVID pandemic has increased prices—doubled, in this case. We will be switching to a system which will provide both heating and cooling. The $70,000 estimate includes the four units needed to cover our expansive building, as well as the ductwork, electrical upgrades, any associated permits, and labor.
This emergency effort to fund the replacement boiler and fire-damage repairs is now phase one of our capital campaign. If we exceed the $70,000 goal, the remaining money raised will be put towards phase two of the capital campaign.
We hope that you can partner with us! We believe that we can reach this goal of $70,000 with your help through an avalanche of small contributions. Make a donation today using this site.
Thank you and God bless.