Six years ago, a handful of ECLCers gathered around the old treat table in the fellowship hall to ask the question, "What more can we do to end homelessness?" We thought we'd do some donations drives, call our legislators, or educate ourselves. Then, we learned there were no beds for homeless young people in the southwest metro and realized we needed to change that. We had no idea what we were starting.
In early May, residents (primarily 18-23 years old) will begin to receive keys and turn the studio apartments that each of you, led by our faithful Housing Task Force, have made possible through:
- thousands of hours of community presentations
- showing up for re-zoning meetings
- faithfully voting to support 66 West through our capital appeal tithes
- touring similar buildings
- speaking to neighbors
- stretching your giving
- advocating for county and state support
- and much more.
Over the summer, staff and residents will acclimate to their new space and then we'll celebrate with a community Grand Opening on Thursday, August 3rd in the evening. Mark your calendars now!
Until then, you can still support the opening of 66 West by providing necessary new furnishings for the very first residents. The remaining needed items can be found on our Target registry by clicking here and can be purchased in store and brought to ECLC or shipped directly from target.com.
I give thanks to God for your commitment to ALL of our neighbors, especially those who are hidden. Indeed, our God's house has many rooms (John 14)...and a place is prepared now for 39 of them to safely, stably, lay their heads.
Lauren and the Housing Task Force