Back in 2011 when The Van was born, it started in a garage and soon moved to a storage unit. It didn't take long for community support to increase to the point of needing a warehouse and a general headquarters for The Van and The One, Inc. as a whole. 7 years of renting a warehouse later and we have yet again found our work stifled by the limitations of not owning our facility. We have a great rental price on a large space, but we are constantly up against roof leaks, mold, an unsatisfactory septic system, and an inability to increase services because we can't spend your dollars on a building we don't own.
We believe it is time for us to make a responsible purchase so that we can do the best we can with our donors' dollars. We want to invest that money, not pay rent. We want to increase our capacity to provide showers and laundry, not have to keep saying no. We want to focus our time on people experiencing homelessness, not trying to find another bucket to catch rainwater. We want to be able to improvise and adapt in a space that we own and have the freedom to do so. So we're asking for your help.
We started this fundraiser on 12/3/18 because we had identified and entered into a contract on a building that we felt was perfect for us logistically, geographically, and financially. Oddly and unfortunately that building turned out to be zoned residential and we had been told it was zoned commercially (a zoning under which we could have operated).
***** UPDATE *****
Thanks to YOU, friends, we did it!! We closed on our new HQ facility this morning! We are so excited to share this news with you.
In less than 3 months you donated enough to seal the deal, and outfit our new warehouse. We will never be able to thank you enough for your support. Never.
We’re also having a hard time finding the words to properly thank our realtor, Lee Smith - Aspire Realty Group. She has worked so hard to get us in the perfect space. We have both bought and sold with Lee. If you need a realtor we implore you to contact her. She’s no joke!
This move will put us in a more centralized location which will only make us more efficient. We will be in south LR just a few blocks from the Arkansas Foodbank, on 61st. It will also allow more people to come and volunteer without having to drive so far to participate. This will also save our drivers driving time, giving them more time on the streets. But one of the most exciting things is that our warehouse volunteers won’t have to push through the freezing temps in an unheated concrete icebox whose septic system doesn’t function properly.
One building will be warehouse, one will be administrative offices & food storage, and one will be a shop for maintaining our vehicles.
We will have many more updates to come as we retrofit this space. There are a few weeks worth of work before we can really get moved in and settled. Please keep up with the progress by signing up for our email newsletter here: ItsTheVan.org
A couple needs: pallet racks and an older but properly functioning forklift. Holler at us if you have a hookup!
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
PLEASE NOTE: Before any rumors or assumptions circulate, this property is not being converted into a shelter or halfway house. This is an industrial area and we have already had zoning sign off on our use of this property as warehouse/office/shop.
Even if you can only give $5, please believe that it truly all adds up. Thank you all so much for always stepping up and meeting the needs. Let's do it up, friends of The Van!
Donations are tax deductible with receipts going out in January. If you are uncomfortable giving online, you can mail a check to us at the address below. Just be sure to put "New HQ" in the memo.
The One, Inc.
PO Box 250061
Little Rock, AR 72225
Thank you everyone!
- The Van Team