BAN 2.0: Quite the facility upgrade

Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:47 pm

As upgrades go, the Broken Arrow Neighbors 2.0 is a super step up for the community organization.

The upgrade, of course, is the new building. It will take BAN from a cramped facility to a state-of-the-art headquarters with needed space to help people in need.

There is a “wow” factor associated with the new place.

“It really is,” said Kim Goddard, BAN Executive Director. “I pinch myself because I feel like I’m in a dream.”

It’s hard for Goddard to hold back the emotion when describing the time, planning and work that went into the new building. That doesn’t even include the months and months of fundraising to open debt free.

“I’m so thankful my dream has come true,” Goddard said.

The first thing that hits you during the pre-Grand Opening tour is space. There’s lots of it. The new pantry is huge and the refrigerator and freezer are top notch and secure.

The offices rival any business and the meeting room has comfortable chairs complete with indirect lighting.

The front waiting area has a big greeting desk and places for people to sit.

The official grand opening is set for Oct. 2.

MAIN ENTRANCE — The Broken Arrow Neighbors’ main desk and greeting area has plenty of space.

HELPING HAND — Volunteer Steve Avila works on new shelves for the Broken Arrow Neighbors’ new warehouse.