Our Project Fund is a laundry list of things that need repaired and replaced.
We are so thankful for the hundreds and hundreds of friends that have come through the doors of The Convent over the years. While The Convent is currently in a season of lying fallow, we have a number of improvements to make as we anticipate a new season.
WATER COOLERS FOR 2ND & 3RD FLOORS
$200 each / $400 total
Right now guests come downstairs for water (unless they use the bathroom faucets). We’d love to have a water cooler for these two floors. Guests looking for more solitude could have filtered water right outside their doors and avoid coming all the way downstairs. It’s a small thing but a helpful thing.
EXTRA SET OF SHEETS FOR 7 ROOMS
One extra set of sheets + pillowcases for each of the rooms would buy us so more time to do laundry after a group leaves and before our new guests arrive!
TWO NEW TOILETS
$250 each / $500 total
Not a very “sexy” gift, of course, but where would we be without them!? We went with 2 eco-friendly toilets a few years back, but they’ve been a pain in the butt (pun intended!), requiring multiple repairs and apologies to guests.
EXTRA WASHER & DRYER
approx. $500 each / $1,000 total
We’ve been functioning w/ one washer and one dryer for the last 4 years; that slows things down considerably when washing and drying up to 9 sets of sheets and towels. Having two of each would be a great time-savings!
COMMERCIAL-GRADE COFFEE MAKER
Sounds like a lot, but we serve thousands of cups a year. Besides, coffee is the modern day equivalent of the footwashing in antquity, a courtesy sign of welcome. We’ve outgrown our current machine, an old refurbished Fetco that leaks a little. The one we’d like to get consumes less energy, has multiple temperature settings, can brew 2 different amounts, and can be set on a timer — a sweet deal for the early risers!
TWO ENERGY-EFFICIENT, GAS-POWERED, HOT WATER HEATERS
approx. $1.6K w/ installation
We have one aging and unreliable water heater. It has a small leak in the bottom, and you never know when it’s going to go out and need to be restarted. Makes for tense moments here and there when lots of guests are with us. We’d like to move toward two dedicate 60-gallon tanks, one for the 1st floor, the other for the 2nd & 3rd floor.
PRIVATE HALF-BATH IN 2ND FLOOR GUEST BEDROOM
As many of you know, the bathrooms at the end of the hallway are shared. A private half-bath inside a room would be a great gift for those who stay longer with us and for married couples. Fortunately, when we put in the new 1st floor bathroom 3 years ago, we had the plumbing run up to the ceiling just below proposed half-bathroom, so it’s an easy plumbing job.
CREATION OF "GREAT ROOM"
More frequently than before we’re hosting and training larger groups. To accommodate them better, we’d like to open the space between all three east-side rooms (dining room, middle room, living room). With this change 24-30 people could all be together in the same room! For those of you who know the area well, you may be thinking, “Oh my, won’t that ruin the look?” Dave’s answer: “Nope. I have a killer design and a way to section off the rooms to preserve intimacy for smaller groups.” (P.S. When the existing walls are taken out and the entire ceiling area is free and clear, we’re also going to put up acoustic drywall to make the 2nd floor quieter.)