Big News for Children's Bereavement Network!
We are pleased to announce that Children's Bereavement Network now has an office! It has taken many years of hard work to arrive at the point financially that we felt we could "step out in faith" that we can take on the responsibility of having a place to call "our own".
It all started back in February when Treasurer, Lynne Totten of Gaylord started earnestly looking for a space to not only give us an office, but a storage room to put all of our camp supplies that we have been storing in the homes of Board Members for many years! Of course, we also knew that we would need furniture, filing cabinets, shelving units for the storage area and we had to also find a way to cover the cost of that also.
Lynne took on the search for the perfect office space and found it at:
The Hidden Valley Executive Center
685 M-32 East Suite 217
Gaylord, MI 49735
We were thrilled to find the perfect place- we actually have our office and storage room directly across the hall from each other. So convenient! CBN sincerely thanks Mr. Keith Gornick, VP of Gornick Holdings Ltd. and Four Corners, Inc., for generously donating a significant portion of the related building rental costs and allowing this project to become a reality.
Next, was the problem of how to "furnish" our new digs! We couldn't just dump all of our boxes in the storage area and call it good! So, after some research, we became aware of the grant opportunity that Home Depot has for not-for-profit groups. Lynne once again found the right people to talk to. A person at her church, Ron Race happens to work for Home Depot, but not at only one store. He told her to contact Gary Makak, manager of the Gaylord store. Gary liked what he heard when Lynne told him about CBN and he asked Barb Reimer, Team Depot Coordinator, to write the grant to Home Depot. It went through in record time and Barb started the design of our new office! CBN is thankful to all who were involved in the process of choosing the 2012 Team Depot project, including: Barb Reimer, Home Depot's Community Project coordinator; Gary Malak, Store Manager; and Ron Race, Asset Protection Manager.
With the Home Depot grant of over $1800 for materials and the Team Depot Crew, the rest of our dream came true. In April, it took only the morning for all the members of Team Depot to build our entire office and all the shelving units in our storage room! They provided a new desk, filing cabinets and top and a beautiful wooden storage cabinet for the office too! We finally have a home for our beloved Children's Bereavement Network.
We could not be happier with our new office and we invite anyone to come and visit. Just send an e-mail to us on the Contact Us page and set an appointment! We would love to see you!