Originally Written for Street’s Hope Blog
We kicked off our highly anticipated container project on Saturday and it was a huge success! This project is a joint collaboration with Homes of Living Hope (HOLH), a local nonprofit that converts shipping containers into full-service buildings (e.g. medical clinics, schools, etc.) that they typically renovate for oversees organizations. For the first time, HOLH is transforming a container into a building for a local organization…and we are thrilled to be the recipients of GREATLY needed new therapy and office space!
If you’ve never been to our confidential safe house location, you may not know how cramped our staff quarters and private meeting space area is. To paint you a picture, our only private staff office is the size of a closet and it serves as a walkway to our filing area and therapy room. Our only private therapy room is not only used for individual trauma therapy, but also for staff meetings, case management, and site visits. Can you see why we are so excited to transform this container? The final renovation will provide a fully equipped shared two-person office space and an additional, private therapy room. The building will be fully equipped with electrical, heating, and A/C so our staff and residents can utilize it year-round!
This past Saturday from 8am to 12pm, 17 incredible volunteers came out to have fun and work hard to kick off the project. Nina Martinez, Street’s Hope Executive Director, stated, “We had a great group of energetic volunteers who assisted with cutting, framing and priming the container. The day was filled with enthusiasm and laughter, which made the ‘work’ very enjoyable!” In addition to our gratitude to the 17 volunteers, we are also so thankful for Southern Gables Church
, long time Street’s Hope supporters, for hosting this project in their parking lot! We are amazed by all that was accomplished within four hours this past Saturday and are looking forward to the future “build days” coming up on June 27th and July 11th!
Our incredible community that supports our work to restore women escaping sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry continually amazes us. We are so thankful for the generosity of Adolfson and Peterson Construction (A&P) whom provided the design services for this renovation project, while also acting as the builder of record. Last but not least, we could not make this project a reality without the numerous supporters that have helped fund this project. We are 55% funded and are still receiving donations via this link here: http://www.homesoflivinghope.org/who-we-are/our-projects/supporters-of-streets-hope-transform-container-into-much-needed-office-and-counseling-space/streets-hope-donations/. In Nina’s words, “We are so excited to continue working on the 27th and see how this container transforms, so bring a friend and come join us!”