The exterior is almost finished. Who knew cement pouring could be so exciting?
Construction Phase I: Construction on the ADA ramp began on April 23 and is expected to be completed (except for some masonry work) by June 22.
Construction Phase II: Building Committee is on target to get a complete estimate for Phase II by July 6. It will take one week to get the permit from the city. Pearson Construction is on board to start construction on September 1, with completion by the end of the year. In the new year, NWYS could begin offering day services in The Ground Floor to youth 13-24 experiencing homelessness!
Fundraising: As of June 12, we’re less than $75,000 away from our goal and still have congregational pledges rolling in! Anyone can get in on the The Ground Floor by making a tax-exempt contribution--every gift helps get us to our goal! Donate here and share the news with your friends.
Pastor David gives us a brief tour of the current space Northwest Youth Services uses for engagement services. Yep, it's really that small! And yep, The Ground Floor will allow for many more services!
Have you wondered what The Ground Floor is going to look like? Do you want to ask questions of Northwest Youth Services or First Congregational Church? Come visit with us as we offer A First Look at the space before it's renovated:
Thursday, May 31 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Last Thursday, Whatcom Community Foundation awarded The Ground Floor a grant for Community Engagement. Rev. David Weasley was there to receive it on our behalf. Earlier this year we also received Whatcom Community Foundation's Project Neighborly grant--we celebrate having connections and being able to serve throughout Whatcom County!
The Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ also supported The Ground Floor through a Church Development Grant. These funds are made possible by the Strengthen the Church offering made by UCC congregations each year. In gratitude and hope that other churches will live into ways of growing community, Rev. Weasley committed to serving on the PNC Church Development Committee. The circle of gifts and giving continues to grow!
The ground breaking blessing was beautiful with so many names (past and present) spoken to remember who has made this work possible. Today Pearson's Construction began the heavy lifting, but every shovelful on Sunday evoked celebration.
Bricks, trees, and shrubs have been removed from the E Street stairway to make way for Phase 1 (ramp) demolition. Pearson's Construction will be here bright and early on Monday morning, so on Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. come shovel a symbolic bit of earth with us as we bless the beginnings of this endeavor.
David introduces the new name.
Here are the complete reports:
Below is the schematic of the proposed plan for The Ground Floor. The salmon area is the space to be occupied by Northwest Youth Services.
Here's a video tour of the space as it is now. Walk with Rev. David Weasley through the space and imagine it as it will be.