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SoVaNow.com / November 21, 2012Remember the old saying, “Still waters run deep?” Well, the waters at Madeline’s House have been quiet lately, but behind the scenes, a lot is happening.
For the 13 years Madeline’s House has been at Fort Pickett; it has signed a series of three-year leases with Nottoway County. When the State Department began expressing interest in putting the FASTC training facility at Pickett, Nottoway reduced the lease to six months, renewable until the State Department needed to serve Madeline’s House with a 90-day notice to vacate the property. In September, Nottoway renewed the Madeline’s House lease for another six months, ending March 31, 2013.
Madeline’s House has been steadily working to prepare for the impending notice to vacate this coming spring. The organization has looked for a new home at a number of locations in several counties in its service area. Under consideration was space that might be donated for Madeline’s House’s use as well as properties for sale. After long discussions, the Board of Directors decided to pursue the option of purchasing property, therefore providing a level of assurance against any future displacement that the shelter has not enjoyed up to this point.
In October, the Board of Directors voted to make an offer on a Blackstone property. Ever since, the board and staff have been working on a number of things: securing assistance from counties served by Madeline’s House in funding the downpayment, making application for additional funds for this purchase, seeking a lender, talking to county and town authorities about building code requirements and zoning issues, meeting with community members as well as Town Council and Planning Commission members.
This journey has been challenging. Madeline’s House needs a new home, but in order to relocate it needs funds over and above the financial needs to operate the shelter. In today’s economy, people often have to choose what they can support. Not only are funds needed for relocation, but Madeline’s House still needs financial support for shelter needs. Whatever you can do to support the shelter during this time of transition, know that Madeline’s House is very grateful. Though the gratitude goes without saying, Madeline’s House wants everyone who has been there for us to know how much your support means to us.
How you can help: Please continue to support Madeline’s House as we continue our transition to a new home. We need monetary donations to go towards our building fund as well as our everyday cost of operating. We are having a fundraiser Dec. 1 at VUMAC (Blackstone Conference Center) for photo shoots! Just in time for the holidays, everyone needs pictures. For a fee of $50 you will get 5 digital photos and get them printed anywhere…up to 8x10…Christmas cards...coffee mugs…anything that can be printed. Susan Bolling (writer and photographer) will be taking the pictures and will be sending you the digitals photos. Madeline’s House will be there from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Julie Howerton at (434) 292-1077.
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