The Franciscan Center in Need of 1,700 Turkeys by Tuesday, November 22
1,700+ distributed last November at Annual "Turkey Tuesday"
Fort Wayne — November 15, 2016 —The Franciscan Center announces today that it expects to again provide over 1,700 turkeys to clients on its annual "Turkey Tuesday", the Tuesday before Thanksgiving that its Food Pantry is open on November 22.
At its start, Turkey Tuesday was just another service day at the Franciscan Center, distributing about 30 turkeys. The effort has grown into an event of it's own over the past 17 years: "our largest usage day for our Food Pantry is always the Tuesday before Thanksgiving," explains Tony Ley, executive director of The Franciscan Center. "We quadruple our weekly service numbers in one day. Men, women, and children will line up around the building at 4:30 a.m. in the cold of late November even though we do not open for distribution until 9:00 a.m."
This event is community-driven, and the Franciscan Center relies on donations from the community to make this annual event a reality. So, to help meet this need, the Franciscan Center is asking for your donation of a turkey… or two.
"For my family," explains Sally Ley, founder of the Franciscan Center, "memories of Thanksgiving often focus on family and friends gathered around the dinner table, enjoying the wonderful feast prepared them. For many of our clients, this is more of a dream than a reality."
Those wanting to help with Turkey Tuesday have two options: drop off turkeys or donate $14 for the organization to work with area partners and purchase a turkey. "We need nearly the equivalent of $25,000-worth of turkeys to meet our expected need," stresses Tony. "A gift of $140 will help purchase 10 turkeys; $1,400 will fund 100 turkeys. Please think of us as you start shopping this weekend for your own Thanksgiving celebration and consider purchasing a 2nd turkey for someone else's family table."
The organization has already received 200 turkeys donated by Tom Didier Meats; drop off sites for the remaining need of turkeys and donations are the following:
Visit these sites; contact the Franciscan Center at 260-744-3977; send your check to 1015 E Maple Grove Ave, Fort Wayne, 46806; or visit our website at www.thefranciscancenter.org to make an online donation, and help make a holiday for others on November 22.
For more information please contact Tony Ley at 260-710-3985.
The Franciscan Center founded in 1989, is a local non-profit serving the impoverished in our community through their food bank, medicine cabinet and sack lunch programs. Last year, they served 74,000 families through their three relief programs and are dedicated to "meeting people where they're at". The Center also operates the Franciscan Center Family Thrift Store, at 925 E Coliseum Blvd. Please contact The Franciscan Center at 260-744-3977 for more information or visit their website at www.thefranciscancenter.org.
Announcing the New Franciscan Center Family Thrift Store
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The Franciscan Center Announces Big Move
$189,000 Campaign will allow organization to better serve volunteers and clientele
Fort Wayne — February 3, 2012 — The Franciscan Center announces today that it is making a big move.
In mid December The Franciscan Center silently initiated the Jean Kelly Building Campaign to relocate the programs and services of the organization. The total campaign goal is $189,000 and includes the purchase of a building, an addition, renovations, equipment, and a reserve fund. To date the organization has raised $50,000 or 26% of the total goal. As soon as funds are raised the organization will move into its new home as soon as it can.
“The building is located at 1015 E. Maple Grove Avenue, only a few hundred feet from where we has been operating out of the former Sacred Heart elementary school since 1999,” explains Sally Ley, Co-founder of The Franciscan Center. “The new location first served as the Sacred Heart Convent for several decades before being purchased and ran as The Church of Fort Wayne in the 1970s.” Recently vacated, the building is 4,500 sq. ft. with a 1,400 sq. ft. basement and 1,000 sq. ft. in out buildings. The building has already been purchased with the first lead gift to the campaign.
“It was very important that we re-locate to a space that would not only allow us to continue our existing programs, but also continue to serve the community of our core clientele and volunteers on the Southside of Fort Wayne,” adds Tony Ley, Executive Director, “and we praise God that this building was available when we needed it.”
The Franciscan Center is moving to save costs and to better serve its volunteers and clientele. “We will save over $20,000 annually just in overhead and other operating costs by moving to the new building. Just the savings in utility and leasing costs alone will have a total investment payback in less than 10 years,” notes Tony.
In addition to this huge financial savings, the move will allow the organization to better serve its clients and volunteers. The building service areas are all on the ground floor, eliminating the use of stairs for our elderly and handicapped clients and volunteers, as well as resulting in smoother lines with less confusion. Also, having all operations and staff on the same floor, they can consolidate employee and volunteer spaces, and therefore operate and communicate more efficiently with far less heavy lifting and moving. The new location will also give us the freedom to expand and change services and activities in the future.
The new building will be named for the late Ms. Jean Kelly, SFO, cofounder of The Franciscan Center. Jean helped found The Franciscan Center in 1989 and was its “quiet strength” and backbone until her passing in 2008. Jean was more than happy to work backstage, exemplifying the Franciscan Spirit of Humility and Love for the disadvantaged.
When The Franciscan Center decided on a name for our new building, the choice of naming it after Jean was unanimous. Sally notes that “I counted Jean among my closest friends and confidants and I can truly say that The Franciscan Center would not be where it is today without her wisdom, dedication, prayers, and financial support.”
The organization is also looking for contractors and renovation experts willing to reduce aspects of their services to help reduce our overall costs. “Any in-kind donation of services and materials is as good as cash to us, and could qualify for one of the above naming opportunities,” notes Tony.
For more information about the Jean Kelly Building Campaign and how to support the effort, please contact Tony Ley at 260-744-3977.
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