“BAN begins building project”

Broken Arrow Ledger – Aug. 25, 2013

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Broken Arrow Neighbors, 322 W. Broadway Ave., begins its 30th year of service  to the community, the board of directors voted to begin a building project for a new facility to open in 2014.

The capital campaign called “Open New Doors for Broken Arrow Neighbors and Those We Serve,” will raise $880,627 toward an estimated cost of the new building. Additional costs for new technology, equipment, furnishings and an endowment brings the total project goal to $1,152,564.

BAN is currently working with Magnum Construction and GH2 Architects for the  new facility design.

“It is very exciting and a little overwhelming at times,” said Executive Director  Kim Goddard. “Our volunteers are very excited about it and it will require tremendous change.”

Goddard said the plan is for the agency to become a comprehensive resource center, extending far beyond a food pantry.

BAN is planning to offer more healthy food options as well cooking classes and  meal planning on a budget.

“We will be exploring a tremendous amount of avenues in order to be that resource for people,” Goddard said.

The new facility will be a 10,000 square foot facility and will be located at  315 W. College St. The lot is the current location for the green house where the BAN Read to Feed Book Fair is currently held.

When construction begins, the green house will be demolished and a new site for the book fair will be required.

“Our building is 70 plus years old and the infrastructure is questionable to say the least,” Goddard said. “Our board made a decision that the cost of renovating probably exceeds the cost of a new building that we could start fresh with.”

Broken Arrow Neighbors plans to break ground on the new facility in October.

However, because BAN is a United Way agency, all fundraising must cease from August 15 through November 15. BAN cannot actively seek any donations during that time, however, BAN may still receive donations during the black out period.

“As an agency we have nearly $500,000 of our own money to invest in the project,” Goddard said. “But, for the additional support, we will rely on individual givers, the community in general, foundations, businesses and corporations, and our church family.”

Annually, BAN serves more than 4,000 unduplicated individuals with food, clothing, financial assistance with rent, utilities, prescriptions, legal aid, medical, dental care and more.

Article written by Lesa Jones, staff writer

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