How did we get here?
This ministry started with a dream; a dream to create hope for a better tomorrow! It was started as a grant project by the Missions & Outreach team at Hemenway Memorial Presbyterian Church. They were awarded a grant and began renovations on their outdated basement.
Before renovations could begin on the Resource Center, the existing food pantry had to be moved. So renovations began on the North end of the basement to prepare a new space for the food pantry.
Once renovations were finished in the new food pantry, it was time to begin renovations on the South side of the basement and the Gathering Room and kitchen in between both spaces.
The renovation provided a food pantry, shower facility, laundry facility, restrooms, business center, rest area, and lounge. We also renovated the Gathering Room and kitchen to rent out as an event space to provide extra funds to provide more services.
The entire renovation took about 6 months. We had a grand opening in July 2020. We are excited to help the people in our community who need assistance.
Check out these before and after pictures to see what a big difference was made!
Kitchen: top photo - before; bottom photo - after
The Gathering Room: top photo - before; bottom photo - after