Completion of construction of the New Hope Center; staff hopes to be open by December | New


CADILLAC – To say that volunteers played a role in building the New Hope Center would be an understatement.

Mark Mogan, chairman of the construction committee, said that over the planned 140 days, including 23 weekends, volunteers have dedicated at least 10,500 hours to building the center, which will replace all homeless shelters from the Cadillac area that previously operated as the New Hope Refuge name.

Work on the center began last summer, when volunteers dismantled a donated charter school in Hart, Mich., To salvage parts for use in the new facility.

Mogan said the volunteers also installed trusses, installed all interior walls of the structure, painted or varnished 61 doors, placed the doors in the frames, affixed trim around the doors, installed a number of interior accessories such as as cabinets and toilets, applied the vinyl base between the floor and the walls, laid the exterior siding and helped with the plumbing and electrical work.

A group of about fifty volunteers devoted the majority of the volunteer hours.

“There was a core of people who really took ownership,” said Mogan, who set up the volunteer days by emailing, texting and calling volunteers and the organizations they were affiliated with.

New Hope Center general manager Chris Crawley said many volunteers brought their own tools. They also worked on center-related projects at home in their spare time.

Mogan said that with the majority of the centre’s construction completed, all that remains to be done are relatively minor “hit list” items such as touching up paint, moving furniture, cleaning surfaces and cleaning up. other last minute details.

Crawley said they hope to open the center for customers by December.

Keep reading Cadillac News for more details on the center’s upcoming opening.

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