Josh Dodson, our new managing director, starts learning the job this week. Josh replaces Matt Kimbrell, who is pursuing a career as an English teacher and who served us faithfully for 7 1/2 years.
Josh is finishing a Master in Arts degree from Covenant Seminary and comes originally from Oklahoma. He and his wife attend New City Fellowship. Welcome, Josh!
After a lot of planning last year, we had picked out a building to purchase and rehab. But that fell through. Now the Lord has put a building into our laps at a lot less money. Plus, it’s on our prime street, Etzel, nearly across the street from our most recent rehab. (The one that fell through was a couple of blocks away.) AND a benefactor gave us a loan for $15,000 at just the right time to pay for purchasing this building and stabilizing it prior to rehab. (The roof is leaking, etc. etc.) It’s pretty clear the Lord wants us to rehab this building!
It’s a two-family building at 5936-38 Etzel Street. Our plan is to renovate the second floor three-bedroom apartment and transform the first floor two-bedroom apartment into two efficiency apartments. These efficiencies are what is needed for women “graduating” from the Grace and Peace Winter Shelter, which asked us to consider creating some housing for them.
We hope you’ll be open to supporting us in this rehab. We’d like to get the money raised and the job done as soon as possible, to put this dwelling back into service.