This week we took several steps in our “Open Doors” project, our vision for the renewal of St. Stephen’s’ buildings and property. We have appointed co-chairs for the campaign and made spending estimates on Phase I of the development.
Until now, “Open Doors” has been managed by our Building and Property Action Group (BRAG). This hard-working committee has studied the need, articulated the vision, and tested the waters, resulting in a two-phased approach to redevelopment. Phase I consists of upgraded electrical and mechanical services, improved worship space, new washrooms, and an elevator opening to all three floors of our main buildings. BRAG is now working on realistic estimates of costs and time lines that will deliver a finished renovation in 2012.
But the other major part of this project, which must now develop alongside the ongoing work of BRAG, is the capital campaign. The challenge is daunting, but feasible: raising the $1.1 million necessary for Phase I.
We are pleased to announce that Jack and Heather Walker have accepted the invitation to lead us in this campaign as our co-chairs. Jack and Heather are well-known members of our parish, Jack as a former churchwarden and our current treasurer, Heather as a former member of Vestry, an advocate for Christian education, and currently our Book-of-the-Month Club coordinator.
Jack and Heather are now assembling a team of leaders to assist in the various phases of the campaign, which will be given its official launch in the New Year. We are well served!