Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 Hi, folks! It’s been a long road but we’ve taken a major step forward this month!
Campus B is now ours and we’re prepping for the big move.
I’m sure you all know the fun of moving your own house. Now imagine moving with 20 kids! I’m incredibly grateful to be surrounded by an amazing team of staff who are excited about the move and ready to pack.
We have a few repairs to make and inspections to complete before we move in but we’re so thrilled to walk through our new space. It already feels like home! Of course we’ll be just as excited when the renovations at Palmetto Place Campus A are completed later this year and we can move back to our “real” house.
We’re moving the week of Feb. 22 and I think we have a good solid plan. The electricity and water are on. The front planting beds have been mulched. The front of the house looks clean and inviting. We’ve made some of the girls’ beds and some of the boys’ beds.
Tonight our board and houseparents and kids will come to see their new space at Campus B. The kids will get to see their new rooms. I woke up this morning ready to open the blinds, turn on all the lights and welcome everyone to this house! We cannot wait to show off our space to these special people - our board members who have vision for Palmetto Place's future and believe in our kids so deeply; our houseparents who have been so patient and waited for many months for this move; and our kids who are the heart and soul of what we do.
We were worried about the transition from one house to another – would it be difficult for kids from hard places to pick up and move again? But no, they’ve seen the plans for the new Campus A; they’ve felt the sample boards with the tile and flooring for Campus A; they’ve seen the paint colors. And they love it all - every piece of it! The kids have the moving date memorized. They all want to know when Campus A will be done and they can move back.
Stay tuned for more – our groundbreaking is coming soon! We hope to share as much as possible along the journey!