March 2013 - We received our Certificate of Occupancy and the furniture and finishing touches went into place in the new classrooms. On March 11, the students in Adult Ed began to fill the new classrooms!
Our first student arrived at the newly opened lobby on March 11, 2013.
The LPN Classroom is fully alive on day one!
On April 19, 2013, the ribbon cutting ceremony for the New Hope Education Center included several dignitaries: Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes, Assemblyman Mickey Kearns and State Senator Tim Kennedy. We are happy to receive their enthusiasm and support for the expansion of the education center.
In June 2013, the LPN Class Graduated at Harvest House
New Hope Education - JoAnn at the Reception Desk
Divine Mercy Chapel Dedication -- April 8, 2013: The photo above shows artist Diane Hays, Most Rev. Richard Malone-Bishop of Buffalo, with Linda and Gary Tatu. Private donors commissioned the artist to paint the Image of Divine Mercy, with the inscription: "Jesus, I Trust in You", in honor of their deceased mother and father.
You may have heard talk about Harvest House wanting to expand and make the New Hope Education Center larger. Here is a brief summary of monthly highlights from the past: Click here to see an overview of the planned expansion of New Hope Education Center.
The photos above show the old garage door being permanently bricked-up as work continues. The photo on the right shows the inside of the warehouse .... cleaned out!! If you ever saw it with the thousands of items in it, this would be a surprise. Where did it all go? The items we are using in the expanded school went in to five, 40 foot storage containers; the rest was sold, donated to non-profits or given to the Nicaragua Mission. We never thought we would see this day!
Watch for more updates here as the project hits more milestones. More financial support is needed and fundraising activities are continuing in 2012. On March 20th, we were advised that we will not receive a grant from the Junior League Showhouse Funds (we were one of two finalists) .... so please keep Harvest House in your prayers for more opportunities from other foundations and supporters.
Due to the generosity of several foundations, we are more than half way to our goal! We are grateful for the financial support and the confidence expressed by the following sponsors: the John R. Oishei Foundation; the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; the Patrick P. Lee Foundation; the Robert J. Stransky Foundation; Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Julia M. Cullen Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, First Niagara Foundation, Key Bank Foundation, Gannet Foundation, Penfold Foundation, Elsi P. and Lucas B. McGowan Foundaion, Coneusfest for Charity, Christos Foundation, Telecom Pioneers, McLain Foundation, Mulroy Family Foundation, Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation, Carlos and Elizabeth Heath Foundation, Vogt Foundation. Donations towards this project have also been received from Delaware North, New Frontiers in TBI, Creditors Interchange, Lawley Service and hundreds of our wonderful friends and supporters. Of course the project's success is contingent on Harvest House being able to raise the remaining funds, but we do not feel God would get us this far if it wasn't His will.
Project Scope: The New Hope Education Center is to be enlarged from 5,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet. By renovating the center's warehouse, New Hope will increase the classroom capacity from 240 students to more than 800 students. The Baby and Children's Ministry, which sees more and more children each year, has outgrown its facilities on Seneca Street, and will be moved to the larger space currently occupied by the education center. Not only will its new location give the clients a more comfortable experience and increase the rack and storage space for donations, it will also make it easier for families to take advantage of the free medical services at Good Neighbors Health Care and the education services at New Hope Education Center. The education center will also have offices for ancillary services that may be of service to the Baby and Children's Ministry clients and space for parenting classes. Classroom space will also be available to Good Neighbors Health Care to hold classes. The possibilities are endless and exciting!
History: On May 7, 2007, New Hope Education Center, a facility for students 21 years and older, opened with one GED class of six students and was open 3 hours a day. By the end of 2011, the education center is open five days a week and has classes mornings, afternoons and evenings. Courses offered are chosen carefully with priority given to those that ultimately lead to jobs. In New Hope's short history, 287 students have received a degree or certificate for Licensed Practical Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, or Personal Care Aid. The Medical Office Assistant class has graduated 124 students, and 63% of the pre-collegiate students have enrolled in college and 46 students have received their GED. Enrollment in 2012 continues to grow in all areas of study.
Please keep this project in your prayers as Harvest House seeks the remaining funding and signs up more education providers.
Let us not grow weary of doing good; if we do not relax our efforts,
in due time we shall reap our harvest. Galatians 6:9