Help Us Build Sanctuary

Posted on April 9, 2018
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STRETCH GOAL ADDED: $10,000 We are creating a sanctuary space in our building, Help us raise funds for a shower and other items we can't afford.
Sanctuary Host Steering Committee, First Unitarian Church of Providence Created 1 Project
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In April of 2017, the congregation of the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island voted overwhelmingly to become a Sanctuary Church. In the months since then, we have been hard at work creating a space, making community connections and coming up with a plan for how we will carry this out. We are currently the only church in RI we know of close to being ready to offer sanctuary. 

Extra seating doubles as a sleeping area for family.

Extra seating doubles as a sleeping area for family.

One of the final hurdles we face in being ready to take in a guest is to install a shower in our building.  This is why we are launching this campaign. We need to raise money to install our shower, replace the current sink and plumbing in the room, add a countertop to the kitchen area, and install a lock on the door. These items will make our sanctuary space feel like a home away from home for the guest or family who seeks our help. Can you help us meet our fundraising goal of $7,500.00?

If for some reason we are not able to fulfill our goal of becoming a sanctuary church, we will donate any unused funds to another sanctuary project in our area.

This journey we are embarking on is filled with uncertainty, but as Unitarian Universalists, we feel called to stand with and support those in our community who are vulnerable to unjust deportation. We feel called to resist those who would break up families and communities based on discrimination, fear, and hate. We thank you for considering our call to help.

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New Costs to Meet Fire Code 10,000.00

Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to start construction on the shower for our Sanctuary space.  As with many remodeling projects, once we started we encountered unanticipated changes and costs.  Because of the proximity to the shower, we need to move the smoke alarm and fire alarm strobe. Since the counter in our kitchen area is six feet long, need to install an extra electrical outlet, as per the local fire code. We would also like to boost the wifi signal in our building so it can dependably reach our Sanctuary room. Just to be sure we have a small cushion built up to cover any other surprises, we would like to stretch our goal to $10,000.

Thank you for your support in helping to make this Sanctuary Project a reality!

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