|Posted on September 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM|
The ROC Report #15
You can start praising, just don’t stop praying! God has answered our prayers for a building in which to conduct the Totes of Hope Program! Murdock Electric (the company my son-in-law, Mike, works for) has agreed to let us use one end of their four-bay building that sits at the end, just beneath the runway of the Garfield County Airport in Rifle. (The planes fly right over us on take-off!!) We are so grateful to them and to Mike for his persistence in soliciting the use of this building. They are not going to charge us any rent! We’ll see how the utilities come in this winter though. Murdock uses it for storage of some of their things and there is not much in it so it mostly sits empty. You can check the building pictures out in the Photo section on the web-site. I’ll post more photos after we’re completely moved in and operational.
I spent today sweeping and cleaning our end of the building up. There are two bathrooms at our end of the building as well. There is still some question about delivery of the food to the building. One trucker I asked to look at it said that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to get a tractor with a 53’ trailer back there and that is what Food Bank of the Rockies has. I’m afraid he may be right. But I have found neighborhood business owners (very friendly and willing to help out) that have fork-lifts so if the palates of food needs to be dropped in the street in front of the building we will still be able to get it moved inside. Winter will pose a challenge, I’m sure.
What we still need: The church facility we were using, although small, had these things and now we’re going to have to set up our own house keeping.
Shelving: One business owner that has helped us before (Rifle Truck and Trailer) has moved their operation from north Rifle to just down the street from where our location is. They may have some extra shelving they won’t be using and I’ll know by the end of this week about that. We will need 10 heavy-duty shelf assemblies that are at least 4’w x 2’ d x 6’h with 5 shelves each. I have found where I can get them for about $80 apiece if we need to buy them.
Two-wheeled dolly: We need at least one more since we added another school to deliver the Totes to.
Tables: We need at least three 8’ folding tables for packing the food for Totes.
Desk and chair: Need somewhere to do our paperwork and to keep our cutting and writing
File cabinet: 2 drawer would be sufficient
Roll of Carpet about 16’x20’. When Angel Tree uses the room in November/December they spread the toys out on the floor and have to crawl around to sort them. The floor is concrete so if we could roll some carpet down for that project it would be very nice.
If any of you feel inspired to contribute any of these, it would be much appreciated. Of course our Emergency Program of helping people with various problems that come up continues as well while this is going on. Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement. God is opening every door we come to and the community is being blessed.
Kim Regan, our Totes of Hope leader, sent out a newsletter to our Totes volunteers asking them to be ready for this coming year. We will need them when we move out of the church facility and into the new building.
Dave Bottroff, Director