Serving our Mission in New Space

By Mag Strittmatter, Executive Director.

Serving our Mission in New Space
How expansion will promote self-sufficiency even more effectively

These are very exciting times at the Action Center.  The planning work done over the past six years will become reality within the next several months as we transform the Cottonwood 1 office building, located next door, into the new Program Services Building. Construction will begin in early April and conclude in September when we dedicate and open our new 14,000 square foot building designed to directly address the issues and needs of thousands in our community.

By now, you should have received a detailed mailer about this campaign. If not, please let us know.

This is the first of three construction phases scheduled over the next five years, all designed to better equip the agency for years to come. Phase one is about improving how we directly help those in need. Currently, a lot of activity is crammed into our current facility at 8755 W 14th Avenue in Lakewood.  This building houses a medical clinic, receiving, sorting and storage areas, food pantry, clothing bank, household area, administrative offices and program services.  Given all that has transpired from the great recession, we realized that the Action Center can do even more to best serve our mission statement of “providing an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency.” By dedicating the space in this new building to provide direct client services, we will have an even greater impact on the issues plaguing so many struggling to remain or become self-sufficient.

The new Program Services Building will be home to a large self-select food pantry, where clients will choose their own nutritious foods to feed their families. We will also have a more efficient clothing bank and households areas.

But best of all, we will have the space to the provide drop-in services we are known for to assist those with immediate needs while also offering an appointment based longer-term case management program to more clearly address the goals of self-sufficiency. It’s about serving more people with a greater focus on results while never losing those essential traits of dignity and respect for those coming to us for assistance.

Phases two and three will follow in subsequent years. But our focus is on the present; to complete this very important project so we can provide the best care possible to our neighbors in need. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Joe Haines, or visit our campaign pages.

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