Back in 2011 when The Van was born, it started in a garage and soon moved to a storage unit. It didn't take long for community support to increase to the point of needing a warehouse and a general headquarters for The Van and The One, Inc. as a whole. 7 years of renting a warehouse later and we have yet again found our work stifled by the limitations of not owning our facility. We have a great rental price on a large space, but we are constantly up against roof leaks, mold, an unsatisfactory septic system, and an inability to increase services because we can't spend your dollars on a building we don't own.
We believe it is time for us to make a responsible purchase so that we can do the best we can with our donors' dollars. We want to invest that money, not pay rent. We want to increase our capacity to provide showers and laundry, not have to keep saying no. We want to focus our time on people experiencing homelessness, not trying to find another bucket to catch rainwater. We want to be able to improvise and adapt in a space that we own and have the freedom to do so. So we're asking for your help.
We started this fundraiser on 12/3/18 because we had identified and entered into a contract on a building that we felt was perfect for us logistically, geographically, and financially. Oddly and unfortunately that building turned out to be zoned residential and we had been told it was zoned commercially (a zoning under which we could have operated). Now we are gathering estimates to see if we can build a metal building 8-10,000 sqft for about the same amount of money. We had the other building under contract for $210,000 to give you a ballpark on our capacity and goal.
We started with $15,000 saved in the bank. This tracker includes that money, and the additional money raised through this page.
Our realtor is working very hard to help us make this happen. She worked hard on the deal that fell through, and she's still working hard to find a suitable alternative. If you have, or know of, a warehouse that you believe may be suitable for our work then please get in touch with her so that we may explore that option as well. For her contact info, just click here: Lee Smith, Aspire Realty Group
Even if you can only give $5, please believe that it truly all adds up. Thank you all so much for always stepping up and meeting the needs. Let's do it up, friends of The Van!
Donations are tax deductible with receipts going out in January. If you are uncomfortable giving online, you can mail a check to us at the address below. Just be sure to put "New HQ" in the memo.
The One, Inc.
PO Box 250061
Little Rock, AR 72225
Thank you everyone!
- The Van Team