The next significant milestone on our Guest Housing project is to reach the halfway point. The overall goal of this project is $4 million. However, once we hit the $2 million mark we can name a general contractor, put the project out to bid and determine costs for key construction areas. We've had offers of gifts in kind from a number of vendors who are interested in partnering with us. Once we have that contractor in place we can better communicate with these vendors to determine their levels of interest. It's conceivable that we could get some or all of the lumber donated. The same goes for the mechanical portion of the project. Who knows what other opportunities exist out there? It's exciting to see the level of interest being shown.
Our fundraising total for this project stands at approximately $1.85 million. That puts us very near that magic $2 million mark. We have a number of strategies in place to help us reach that total within the next month. We hope that we can put the project out to bid and perhaps even break ground before the end of the summer. Thanks for your help in moving this project forward.
On a related note, we were saddened this past month at the passing of one of our project's biggest supporters. Bill Moore (see photo) has been a huge advocate for guest housing. He donated a portion of the land on which we will build and he provided additional financial resources to help us reach our goal. Bill's family requested all memorials be directed to the Guest Housing Fund at Providence Portland Medical Foundation.
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