Reclaiming used and abused materials and lives to create something new and treasured.
Seven years ago That Neighborhood Church purchased a 3500 square foot building. It sat vacant for almost five years. During that time we waited until the right moment to move forward with a dream. A dream where those being held hostage in generational poverty would be empowered to create a new future for themselves. Two years ago that dream started to take shape. It was time to move forward with a space that would teach, train and employ our neighbors. That's when the idea of The Plank Factory was born!
The Plank Factory is designed to create a pathway towards a career in the trades industry while learning crucial employment life skills. The Plank Factory will be a working business that creates clocks and other products out of repurposed wooden pallets. Each product will be handcrafted by individuals living in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Every product will have a story, and all profits will go back in the community.
We knew the renovation project would be enormous since it will take almost $235,000 to complete. Because of the generosity of a few individuals and The Port Authority of Toledo, we have accomplished so much. Our total to date collected for this project is $143,000, and we have completed 2/3rds of the remodel.
To open The Plank Factory this year, we need to raise the remaining $92,000 to complete renovations and open the doors.
It's about time to put the building to good use!
It's about time to start employing and training our neighbors!
It's about time to create unique clocks out of repurposed wooden pallets!
It's about time to help our neighbors create a new future!
Want to help make The Plank Factory a reality click on the green give button below and choose The Plank Factory in the "Give to" section.
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