Executive director Henry Cross remembers when he first received a lease renewal offer with a $3,000 a month increase.
“We were anticipating maybe a 30 percent increase,” Cross said. “We were not expecting more than doubling of the rent.”
Cross said he and the other stakeholders began to brainstorm their next move, and right before the lease was up they found their new home at 657 Meeker Avenue and signed a 10-year lease.
The nonprofit was able to raise $8,630 in just one month thanks to 158 donations through a Go Fund Me page to cover the costs of the move. They officially moved into their new space earlier this month.
“It was truly a collective and collaborative moment,” Cross said. “We have a program and an organization that matters to people, and the past seven years were enough for them to come and support us.”
It made Cross even more optimistic about the work they’re doing.
“It’s a testament that as a community organization, heart and passion is currency,” Cross said. “The things that are done with a lot of heart and a lot of passion, they figure themselves out in terms of the business optics and logistics.”
Cross is also excited about their new location and the opportunities it will afford.
“Unlike our previous space, we have a storefront now,” he said. “So we’re interacting with that part of residential Greenpoint more.”