The Lay Clergy purchased the two buildings adjoining the current Thrift Store. The Tucker Hotel was a 100 year old hotel built to house railroad workers. It functioned as a hotel/boarding house for single men until after World War II. The changing demographics and loss of an industrial base, left the hotel without residents. The hotel became a weekly rental and fell into disrepair.
The buildings were purchased for cash, and the completion of the buildings are being done as cash allows.
The first phase was to create a home for the Food Pantry.
The entire Tucker Hotel has been gutted. Old Fixtures were removed, as many as possible were saved for reuse. Most of the Labor was completed by a very committed group of men from several churches, lead by Bloyce Pruett of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The outside of the building had tuck work done. Windows were replaced.
This is the back room where all the racks that now store no perishable food are. The tin ceiling was able to be saved in the lobby. The other tiles have been saved for a future project.
The current space also has a beautiful lobby and conference room. The conference room has a table custom made and donated by Scott Ross to fit the room. This space has been used for display space for the county fair, community meetings, children’s art classes and Christian music jams. Because the space is for the community there is not a charge.
The second stage of the expansion/renewal is Gross’s attorney office that connects to the Thrift Store. The first floor of this building is almost completely gutted. This will be used to expand the sales floor and sorting area for the Thrift Store. Our current space limits the sale of furniture and appliances. We are currently in process to raise the funds for a fire door between the two buildings. In 2016 we have improved the sewer pipes and will have the roof of the expansion property treated.
The third phase is the courtyard and upstairs. There is a need for a hostel for overnight sleeping for individuals entering or leaving the Katy Trail and Missouri Pacific Bike trails. Affordable office space for start up businesses or social service agencies would be something new for the rural area. We are in a great position to be able to share God’s Love and show what faith can do.