Celebrate good times. COME ON!
Last month, on July 31st, we gathered the OCB team and the community to celebrate our very own office space. Two years of working in and out of dining rooms, bedrooms, and random spaces have seen their time come and go! Of course, it’s exciting to have a dedicated and peaceful space to make phone calls, send emails, and work on blog posts but, hey! Can you believe it has been more than two years now since Our City Beautiful was founded?
It is a major God wink that we found this space because we weren’t necessarily looking for one. But, when the team even began considering the budgetary needs, we knew the space had to include Ev’ry thing… rent, utilities, wi-fi- a need that isn’t possible, in this area for a price range we needed, under $500 a month! IMPOSSIBLE!
We happened upon, The Neighborhood Co-Op, a project started by The United Methodist Church of Sanford in our community. Just before the height of the Covid-19 chaos, the church wanted to find a way to support their community using a building not in use on their property. So the dream of the church is to support the community that s supporting the community, and their answer to that dream became the co-op. They take these rooms/office spaces and rent them to local non-profits at a fraction of the cost of renting a traditional commercial space. So Y’all, we have full use of this space with utilities, wi-fi, and conference space for under $400 a month!
It took some work but, look how beautiful and peaceful. This is the place where we are going to make an amazing community happen…where it is already happening.
We are proud to be in a space surrounded by many like-minded people and organizations. One of our neighbors is The Picnic Project, a team that provides resources and food for the local homeless population. We plan to team up with them a few times throughout the year to work their “packing days” when they pack up bags of food and distribute them to the community.
Each time I walk through these doors, I am reminded how GOD is working through us, as individuals first, then as a team. Our personal relationships and our own walk of faith are what brought us to the work we are doing. It is BIG and necessary work.
If you’d like to come by to visit send us a message to schedule. We are typically in the office on Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes Friday. Peep this photo of the corkboard for a glimpse at the tiny homes that will make up HOLLAND.