Wed August 16, 2023

By Jeff Smithpeters

The Call nonprofit is looking for a new space
Local non-profit The Call, which provides help to area families with foster children, is looking for a larger, dryer and more centrally located space. According to the organization’s local coordinator Holli Boyett, many items being stored in their current space are sustaining moisture damage and The Call needs a location more suited to receive potential donors and volunteers.

“Right now, we are working out of a small storage unit and the homes of volunteers. This isn't efficient for meeting needs or engaging our families. We would also like to establish a physical presence in Hope for The Call to further its ministry and awareness in our area,” Boyett said.

Boyett said she has a particular kind of place in mind: “The ideal location could be an unused Sunday School classroom, a church parsonage, an empty church office space. We believe the perfect space is out there. It’s just a matter of connecting with the right church, business, organization or individual.”

Asked about what items were imperiled by the inadequacy of the storage space, Boyett said, “Donated baby items, twin bed frames and mattresses. Our storage space is small, so items are stacked on top of one another. It's also letting in moisture which will eventually compromise the quality of donated items. We can't use this type storage for baby wipes, diapers, birthday kits and other things we could make use of.”

Boyett added that she and her volunteers most look forward to moving into a new space for several reasons, most importantly “establishing a hub for The Call. We know having a space will benefit everyone from potential and current foster families to the volunteer leadership team and potential donors.”

Boyett also specifies particular uses that would be made of the space as well as a practical matter of security: “We would also use the space to house some of our community awareness materials and our freezer which we keep stocked with meals for families as they welcome new foster children. Ideally, we could use the space for our monthly team meeting. Only a few key volunteers would need key or keycode access to the building.”

Among the items that would be stored there would be car seats, strollers, twin bed frames and mattresses, night lights, toiletries, household goods, diapers, wipes, backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles and sippy cups, children's Bibles and lice kits. These are offered to families with foster children at no cost.

To contact Coordinator Boyett, email her at [email protected]