Since Project Promise’s inception we’ve been operating out of borrowed facilities, as our building in downtown Christiansted was not habitable.
In April our world was turned upside down when the Humanitarian Experience for Youth surprised us with an offer to provide $25,000 of funding plus seven weeks of volunteer labor to start rehabbing our building. The catch: We had five weeks to raise $50,000 and get the roof replaced, so that the building would be safe for the volunteers to be in.
The community response was so strong that between cash and in-kind donations over $86,000 was raised! This summer seven groups, each with 19 volunteers, got an incredible amount of work done, and the work has been ongoing since then. Electrical and plumbing has begun... Lap siding and doors have arrived... Metal roofing has been installed... and our windows and gutter system are on it's way!
We anticipate the exterior of our building to be completed by the end of February and being able to move into our building, which will also serve as a community center, just in time for the 2022- 2023 School Year.
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