Reach and Restore got an unwanted Christmas present this year.
The Hopkins nonprofit learned just before the holiday that its landlord would not be renewing its lease, said founder Ronda Oliver. The organization had a three-year, reduced-rate lease, but the tenant next door wants to expand into Reach and Restore’s space. Now the organization must be out of its current location by March 31.
“It was kind of a shock when we found out,” Oliver told Patch on Wednesday.
Oliver, a Minnetonka resident, started Reach and Restore in her garage after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. She initially just wanted to help those who'd been forced from their homes but soon found herself helping more and more of her fellow Minnesotans.
In May 2010, in the southern part of Hopkins, where it provides relief to hundreds across the west metro.
It focuses on providing families with the basics needed to furnish a home. Social workers, charities and other sources tell the organization about a family's needs—often beds and bedding, a table, kitchen items and other essentials.
Reach and Restore volunteers then load the items they have into the organization's van and deliver it straight to the family's door, particularly important since many don't have transportation.
But the organization’s growth over the years means Reach and Restore needs a space at least as big as its current site. And because it helps people who don’t always have transportation, it also needs a site within walking distance and with access to public transportation. The site also needs to be in Hopkins or close by.
Oliver asks anyone with information on a potential site to call 952-933-1393.