Saving Lives by Remodeling
Two years ago, Life Centers put in motion a robust action plan to raise the profile of our centers within the community. Our goal was that any woman that was pregnant and considering abortion would know that we offered free services. We sought out and were blessed with grants that helped us completely update our two websites (donor/supporter and client sites). We also received a grant to replace aging and dated signage at all eight centers, with signs that reflect a contemporary and vibrant look that is warm and appealing to the thousands of clients that walk in to these centers annually. In August, we will begin some new outreach efforts (advertising, etc.) to help us drive awareness of our presence in the neighborhoods where our centers are located.
The next step has to do with the first impression the client gets when she walks in to our center. Much of our centers’ interiors are dated and in some cases, have not had any cosmetic improvements in over 10 years. The reception area is furnished with donated chairs, tables, lamps etc. that may be functional, but the look and feel do not present a warm, safe, trusted and comfortable environment. We were delighted to recently learn that our grant request to fund a complete overhaul/remodel of the reception area in our centers was approved to cover 50% of the cost. We have operated our ministry with a keen eye on efficiency with respect to our donor funds and ordinarily would not move forward on a project like this until we had at least 75% of the funds available. However, because of the importance that first impressions make on our clients when they walk in to our centers for the first time, we firmly believe that this project is far too important to wait and will be putting our trust in our Lord that He will provide the remaining funds to complete the project.
The total project cost to remodel these five centers is almost $28,000 and as noted earlier, we are 50% of the way there. The remodeling will include new floor covering, new ceiling lighting, new furniture, new countertops and fresh vibrant paint that matches our branding. Another important aspect to this is that once this project is complete, all of our centers will have the same look, furnishings and color scheme to further emphasize consistency across all of our centers. Our clients will now be able to walk in to any one of our five Marion County centers and will immediately know she is in the right place as it will look and feel exactly like the other center she may have visited previously.
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