By Susan Kramer-Mills, Executive Director
Happy 2016! And it will be a happy and blessed one for the 10 women and (possibly) 6 children who we have identified as eligible to move into Dina’s Dwellings.
There have been a few delays. Frustrating as that is, it is devastating for some of our new residents, especially those who are living at friend’s apartments and are sleeping on sofas until Dina’s Dwellings is completed. Still, with construction and all that the construction crew had to address, our developer is still saying to us: “This is a miracle!” So, we are trying to hold the women’s hands and take it in stride.
Our Hope Chest Campaign has gone fairly well. We have received quite a few household items, such as: dishes, microwaves, bed sheets, homemade quilts, and some other items. Soon we will order what remains on the registry, so that we can set each apartment up with all new things!
At the end of 2016, we were blessed by several large donations from individuals. These will help us to pay for furniture, setting up our new office, and begin the programming for the new residents.
As we get closer to moving over into our “new” place, we have been having lots of discussions about how our organization will be changing. This is exciting and challenging. It has been such a journey…when you consider that we simply started as a “Building Vision Committee” of the church and are now completing a major project….What a trip!
So, you may be asking yourselves: When? When will the apartments be finished? Yes, we all are asking this question. Let me just tell you that we will be celebrating the Ribbon Cutting on February 11, 2016 at 3 pm. Hopefully you will join us for this grand event!