BAN celebrates 30 years and breaks ground on new facility

Lesa Jones, Staff Writer @ BA Ledger lesaj@baledger.com | Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 3:30 pm

Kim Goddard, executive director for Broken Arrow Neighbors couldn’t help but get emotional Thursday as the organization marked its 30th Anniversary by breaking ground on a new $1.2 million, 10,000 square-foot, community resource center.  The new facility will be built on the vacant lot behind the current location at 322 W. Broadway Ave.

“Thank you very much for being here today as we begin our dream for the new facility for Broken Arrow Neighbors and those we serve,” Goddard said. “For the most part, I cry at things like this, but I’m going to really try not to.”  (But, just in case she came with a pocket full of Kleenex.)

Goddard also encouraged those in attendance to sign the guest book which was actually a door from the current facility. The door coincides the philanthropic organization’s theme for the building campaign which is “To open new doors for Broken Arrow Neighbors and those we serve.”

More than a 100 supporters of the community outreach organization braved chilly January winds to celebrate the occasion, including representatives from the faith community, Chamber of Commerce and Broken Arrow Public Schools.

Construction on the 10,000 square-foot facility is set to begin this month and is expected to be complete in August. Broken Arrow-based Magnum Construction is the contractor and GH2 is the architectural firm designing the project.

The new facility will replace the current 3,300 square-foot, 70-year-old house as well as the green house behind the property that hosted the Read to Feed book fair.

It will provide approximately 5,000 feet for the food pantry and clothing area as well as another 5,000 feet for offices, medical and dental clinics.

It’s Goddard’s vision for the program to be able to provide more dignity to the food pantry process by allowing clients to “self shop” for the items they need like a small grocery store.

BAN begins the building project with $665,822 toward their $1.2 million goal.

“To reach my goal of $952,564 and secure a Mabee End of Campaign Gift, I will need to raise an additional $286,783 before the United Way blackout period later this year,” Goddard said.

Nevertheless, she says the organization will not lose sight of its daily mission to feed, clothe and help people in their time of need.

“Any type of donation you would like to make is always welcome and appreciated,” Goddard said.

The organization currently provides basic needs assistance to more than 10,000 Broken Arrow residents by providing school supplies, legal aid, WIC and SNAP registration, job search, and other outreach programs with the Community Food Bank such as “Senior Servings” and “Food for Kids.”

For information about Broken Arrow Neighbors, visit BAneighbors.org.