After searching for a new home for nearly a year, the WDRC is thrilled to have the opportunity to purchase and renovate the historic building at 206 Prospect Street. Just a few blocks from the WDRC’s current offices, the 6,300 sq. ft. space will enable the WDRC to continue to meet Whatcom County’s ongoing need for conflict prevention and intervention services, creating “A Permanent Place for Peace” in the community.
In addition, the new space will make it possible for the WDRC to expand its services in several key ways:
A larger training space will enable the WDRC to offer larger and more frequent trainings;
This same space will allow the WDRC to host community conversations and dialogues;
The new building will provide more mediation and conference rooms, allowing the WDRC to to serve more clients, and to serve them more efficiently and responsively;
The new building will also be ADA compliant; and
The larger space will also give the WDRC the space and flexibility to be agile and responsive to new opportunities and partner more extensively with other community organizations.
The WDRC has been located at 13 Prospect Street for over a decade, and one of the organization’s highest priorities was finding a location close to Bellingham’s downtown core. The new building will enable the WDRC to remain close to the courts, to other services and partner organizations, and accessible by public transit.
Formerly home to an art gallery and a church, the historic building required a lot of work to make it ready for us. We had to build private, confidential mediation rooms, a training space, and staff offices; replace the carpet and repaint; and, most importantly, create a safe, welcoming, accessible space for our clients.
Thanks to the Chuckanut Health Foundation, the McEachern Charitable Trust, the Jerry H. Walton Foundation, the First Federal Community Foundation, the City of Bellingham, donor advised funds at the Whatcom Community Foundation, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the WDRC’s staff and board, and dozens of community members, we’ve already raised the funds needed to renovate the new building!
But we still have a ways to go. Incredibly, we’ve raised 63% of our 1.1 million dollar goal in just 6 months! Help us raise the remainder by meeting a challenge grant to raise $35,000 by December 31st, 2018.
Will you join with us?
A Permanent Place for Peace Wishlist
We will gratefully accept in-kind donations to our new building. Your donations will help us keep our relocation expenses as low as possible, so that we can focus our limited budget on providing services to those most in need. If you have questions, or are interested in contributing an item on this list, please call us at (360) 676-0122.
Floor lamps and table lamps
Waiting area rugs and chairs
2 lockable 2-drawer file cabinets
4 matching upholstered chairs
White boards and/or smart board
Folding Tables with casters (20+)
Stacking chairs (50)
Cabinets and counter-tops
Large conference table
Trash and compost cans