the past two decades
Many of you are wondering where we are now.
As of July 1st, ARK completed packing up and purging the past 20 years of life together at the drop-in. We moved out and – for now – ARK’s belongings are in storage awaiting a new home.
For the past 20 years, ARK’s community grew and flourished in our beloved space on Gottingen Street. As we grew, the space grew with us becoming a beautiful sanctuary for youth from across our country.
We celebrate the two decades we lived in our home on Gottingen Street: sharing meals, laughter, tears and conversation, beautiful music and incredible creativity, friendship, compassion, news of births and, sadly, news of far too many deaths.
We truly shared life and found home together.
why the change
ARK was challenged to balance our resources with the growing demands of building repairs and maintenance.
During the past few years, it became evident that the health of our building deteriorated, due mainly to the adjacent condemned building with which the drop-in shares a roof. Faced with this challenging situation, we decided it was time to revision where to commit our energy and resources.
What a season of change – for the drop-in community, for our block on Gottingen Street and for you, our supporters. It has been a challenging and emotional year. However, packing up the drop-in is not the end, but a hopeful step towards something new.
Someone recently said, “Ark is on the move,” and really Ark has always been moving among the community. While we no longer have a physical location, we are still active in our community building relationships, providing support, and planning for the future.
Since early spring, young visionaries from ARK’s community have met with us, as well as key partners and committed supporters to dream of possibilities for ARK. It’s clear to us as we listen, that ARK is unique and that the place of welcome and community that was the drop-in is missed. We are committed to finding a new space – a healthy, central, creative place that is a welcoming community.
We are looking forward to the future, as committed to our community as we have ever been, as we search for a new space to call “HOME.”
We are so grateful for the many ways you support us–with meals, finances, socks and shoes, your skills, your care and prayers. It all has and continues to make a difference.
Thank you for your patience, your questions, and your commitment to partner with us. We need your support and prayers as this season of change unfolds and welcome you to come alongside us into ARK’s new chapter.