RENOVATIONS

While we were shut down because of Covid, all nine exterior doors were replaced with fire rated steel doors with panic bars, locks and windows. The upper level siding was stripped and replaced and that should end the water leaks. The porch roof was replaced, the electric heat on the front porch was repaired. All the floors were scrubbed and waxed. This was a  massive effort to move furniture around to provide access for commercial scrubbing machines. All the asphalt was replaced on the property making the roads good for another 25 years. The wheelchair lift was installed. It is rated for 750 pounds permitting a person in a wheelchair, the wheelchair and an attendant ride in the lift. The alternative is 3 people. It works great.

On the main floor, the outside rooms had an enclosed shelf that hid pipes. This was removed and the formerly enclosed area was cleaned and painted. We painted all the pipes on the main floor. The kitchen ceiling with all its piping was painted. Everything looks better with a fresh coat of paint.

We renovated the second floor facilitator's room to make it wheelchair and walker friendly. While doing that we put in a new floor, tore out the dropped ceiling, put in new light fixtures and the sink .

The Chapel sanctuary had extensive renovations. The back altar was dismantled and the floor under it was closed with black tile. The two false pillars on each side were dismantled. The whole sanctuary now looks larger. The back wall of the altar was dropped to floor level and refurbished. A new tabernacle stand was built to permit the tabernacle to be reinstalled in the middle under the painting of the Madonna and Child. The stage floor on each side of the sanctuary has been removed to allow for wheelchair passages through the sacristy doors. A new floor was put down in this passageway. The sacristy doors were widened to accommodate a wheelchair.

Two skylights at the rear of the chapel need to be replaced.

The lower roof has been replaced with ice and water shield, a torch down roof was put down over that. and painted silver. Insulation was blown in underneath. Downspouts were added to stop water from accumulating and creating ice dams that have caused damage in the past.

The conference over the kitchen has been restored and the woodshop moved to the small conference room next door.

The front stairs had extensive repairs to replace the cracking concrete. The bad sections were cut out, rebar installed and new concrete poured. They will serve us for many years.

What is still on our list of renovations:

1. Making the downstairs facilitator's room wheelchair compatible.

2. The two shower stalls in the facilitators rooms will be taken out and replaced with a permanent shower stall.

3. Two rooms110 and 111 need washbasins installed

4. Refinishing the doors on the outside rooms.