We are getting ready to open our 6th transplant apartment on September 27th! What we have found out along this journey is the incredible need for what we are doing. Over the last couple of months we have turned away more than 20 transplant families and that is a true heart breaker from our standpoint. Another amazing statistic is the number of transplant families we have served in just over three years….52!
We could not have imagined in our wildest dreams how our foundation would impact so many people. We always describe our beginnings as “jumping off a cliff.” We literally had NO IDEA where we would land, but we have indeed landed in the most wonderful place. God has been good; he has provided everything we have needed at exactly the time we needed it.
The next week will be a circus around here! Final preparations are being done. Things like washing sheets and towels, buying last minute items, staging the move (in order to get it done in the fastest and most economical way possible)….staging works! Our garage is a mess. Our storage units are a mess. But the mess is necessary to get to the final product….THE MOVE!
The movers will arrive around 9:00 a.m. to load things up from our garage, drive over to storage, load up the truck from the two storage units, and deliver everything to the apartment. There we will be met by members of our board, willing workers who will help unpack and set up. Exciting times!
Lastly, on top of all of the good news, above, we already have a family waiting to move into #6. Their daughter is in the hospital recovering from a kidney transplant and the family is staying in a local hotel until the apartment is ready. They are waiting for the call that says “come on over!”
Then, I guess….it’s on to #7!!
Last week, Bob and Mary visited a person that Mary had been referred to by a fellow networker. The referral was given months ago, but there was no follow up until now because there had not been a need up until now.
The person we met was Scott Holliday. According to Scott’s business card he is “A Liquidator of Mattresses, Furniture and Home Goods to Charities and Charitable Retailers.” The name of his business is “Heart In Your Hand.”
We drove up in front of an enormous warehouse, walked in, sat down in front of Scott, and told him our story. He then took us into the warehouse, where we saw more stuff than you can imagine. Mattress were stacked all over the place. Boxes were sitting around that were filled with sheets, towels, bedspreads, shower curtains; you name it (he buys up what Macy’s can’t sell). In additional there was furniture, lamps, etc.
So here’s the best part: Whatever we need for future transplant apartments that is in the warehouse is ours at NO COST to us! Can you even begin to imagine what that means for us? It’s huge! Scott asked us to send him our apartment inventory list. When the time comes, he will stage whatever we need that he has in stock and will hunt for what he does not have in stock. Then he will stage it in order for a mover to easily pick everything up and move it to an apartment.
There is a Christian song that Mary listens to all the time while driving between home and the apartments. One line says this: “Eye has not seen and ear has not heard all that is in store for those who pray.” Our Heavenly Father is, indeed, good to his children!”
We are proud to say that we have published a new brochure. The effort put into it was pretty amazing….8 versions before we decided on a final. In our opinion….it’s lookin’ good!!
Annlouise Peroutka, a former care giver in one of our apartments, has agreed to join our Board of Directors. Her husband, Thomas, had a double lung transplant at Emory. She brings an incredible amount of value to our team. Her background is in the financial sector, as well as in non-profits. From 1997-2000, she was the Ohio Credit Union Foundation Executive Director. As a CEO, she dealt with her Boards of Directors. She was also a Board Member at Coco Cola Credit Union.
Welcome, Annlouise! We look forward to working with you as our incredible foundation moves into the future.