The Decision: Jacob’s Well lives to see another day!
We have made the decision to move forward despite our eviction from 239 Main St.
The Money: $88,382.38 in donations and pledges
Those of you who were able to join us for our Annual General Meeting in April might remember that we set an ambitious goal of raising $50,000 by June 15th. If we met this goal, we would make the decision to move forward in pursuit of a new location with a second (equally, if not more) ambitious goal of raising an additional $50,000 by September 1st.
Today it is June 15th, and we have surpassed our June 15th goal and are well on our way to meeting our September 1st goal – with $88,382.38 in donations and pledges. Hallelujah! We are overwhelmed by the support that has come in from our extended community – we see God at work here, and have heard stories from some of you about how God has been working through your friends and family who aren’t connected to Jacob’s Well but felt led to give. We are excited to see what God has in store for us in the coming weeks and months.
The Where: Still Looking…until July 1st
We have been busy looking at potential new locations, but as of yet there is no final decision on where we will be moving. Our goal is to make this decision by July 1st, which gives us two weeks to continue to gather information on the potential sites we have already identified. We are also open to any new possibilities that might better meet the needs of our community, so please pray for the Jacob’s Well staff and board as we weigh our options and seek new input. If you have any connections within the commercial real estate industry that you think might be helpful on our tight timeline, please do pass these along.
The What: Moving & Renovations
The money we have raised so far will allow us to cover our moving expenses and (hopefully) most of the renovation costs required to set up a new space in a way that best serves our community. If you have any time to come and help pack boxes, load trucks, or provide any other hands-on help during the move we would love to hear from you.
What Next: Increase our monthly donor base
We are continuing towards our September 1st goal of $100,000 – but we are also in real need of increasing our monthly donor base in order to secure our future. Most of the money we have raised thus far will be needed to move to and set up a new home for Jacob’s Well. In order to meet our ongoing monthly expenses we need to invite more people to join us as monthly givers to establish a reliable source of income to cover rental, program and staffing expenses.
Here are some resources that can help you share our story with your churches, schools, friends & family:
- Consider becoming a monthly donor
- Consider donating to or sharing our Chimp Fundraising Campaign
- Share the CBC News coverage on your Facebook page
- Ask your church to show our Promotional Video on a Sunday morning
- Share our Fundraising Letter with anyone you think might be interested
- Read and share our latest Jacob’s Well Newsletter