Here are some quick highlights from our Board and the mission to provide ten women and their children affordable housing:
- We voted onto our Board of Trustees two new members: Ashley Kaplan and Kathy Romano. Both have been sitting on our Advisory Board for a while now and have contributed significantly to promoting our mission. Of course, we all know Ashley as one of the members of our church. Kathy is the Manager of the Amboy Bank branch which is right up the street. We are thrilled to have both of them joining us.
- We had changes in the individuals who held an office on our Board. Joan Fekete stepped down from the Secretary’s position. Mary Peppe will be stepping up as the new Secretary. Joan has offered us years of faithfully taking the minutes of our meetings. We will truly miss her in this capacity. Ursula Cargill decided to step down to become Assistant Treasurer so that Kathy Romano was elected as the new Treasurer. This transitioning of positions allows us to keep good continuity.
- We are excited about the Advisory Board membership with Linda Pelligra. Linda worked previously in a development position and has brought her expertise to us by writing sponsorship letters and soliciting donations for our upcoming fundraiser. We are thrilled that we have received over $1000 to cover some of our costs for the event. We hope for more sponsors, but thus far we are doing better than in previous years.
- Our Hope Chest Campaign is our next focus since the new residents will be moving in after Christmas. We are still need about $8000 in order to cover the cost of bed sheets, towels, pots & pans, etc for each apartment. Check out the full listing on our website: www.townclockcdc.org. Soon we plan to have a group of volunteers go “shopping” in order to purchase all the items. Maybe you would be interested in joining that group? Just contact me, please!
- Construction is moving forward fast and furious. Perhaps you’ve seen the new entryway going up in the back of the sanctuary. It is now three stories tall and will soon have the siding installed on it. Or perhaps you’ve walked along the front fence and have seen the deep ditch on the corner, which is for all the utility pipes. What a huge endeavor! A member from Second Reformed Church told me that he is renting the equipment to us for the backhoe.
- The resident selection for all ten apartments has been completed. We have submitted all our paperwork to Edison Housing Authority for their review and approving of the vouchers. We hope to hear back by the end of the month whether or not all of our selections have found approval.
Stay tuned for December when it should be close to completion! We will be having a Sneak-A-Peek tour through the entire facility as well as a Grand Opening!