Wow, what a year this has been! We here at Base Camp Lindsey wanted to take just a moment to say thank you for all the support, encouragement, and faith you have placed in our organization this year. The past twelve months have been busy, a lot of activity in the public eye and even more behind the scenes as we work to make Base Camp Lindsey a reality.
Our Vision is to eliminate Veteran Homelessness in the North Texas Communities that we serve.
STAND DOWN 2018
Last year’s Stand Down was amazing! With your help, we served a hot meal to 125 individuals at Faith Mission plus handed out supplies such as hygiene products, hats, scarves, gloves and ready to eat foods. On that one day, we added up 120 hours of volunteer service time! We hope to do even more this year and are looking forward to seeing all of our volunteers out there showering these individuals with Christmas spirit and compassion.
SO, WHERE ARE WE?
We have hosted awareness campaigns like our Campout at Base Camp Lindsey, fundraisers such as Frontier Days, Raising the Steaks, and the March of Honor, participated in Texoma Gives, and sat at many a booth during local events at the MPEC. What has that accomplished? We’re not a household name yet, but we are getting closer! In 2019, we have raised $14,500 in donations. We have spent $3300 on marketing costs, and $5400 on operating costs such as office space, insurance, and phones. At this point in time, we have raised $23,200 which is sitting in a savings account waiting for us to have enough money to begin building. Base Camp Lindsey is not receiving any federal, state, or even local funding, everything we are attempting to do is community sponsored. The infrastructure for the Windthorst Rd property-road, water and sewer lines, electrical, curbs and guttering, etc- is estimated to be around $300,000. This past summer, the Board of Base Camp Lindsey came to the decision that this was taking too long, our Veterans were still on the street no matter our good intentions. We began looking for a way to get this project off the ground and the doors open as quickly as possible. We located a potential property that is owned by the city of Wichita Falls and started the process for acquiring it. We toured the building with a contractor and an architect who both assured us the building is sound and repairable. The building is the old Cedar Falls nursing home located at 1908 6th Street. The building is nearly 14,000 square feet and could house up to 25 Veterans at a time. We consulted with the city, the architect, and contractor and wrote our proposal. On October 15th we proudly submitted the proposal to the city to purchase this building and we are excited to see it come before the city council for a vote very soon. Once we obtain the building, the real work starts. We have applied for grants under the premise that the building will be open and move in ready by early Fall of 2020. We will be looking to our supporters to help us make it happen. There will be many long days of manual labor, fundraising, planning, and outreach to the Veterans who will live in this facility.
How can you get involved?
We need volunteers for the manual labor, but we also need people willing to sit on committees to do the planning and organizing, we need a volunteer coordinator and a grant writer, a marketing expert to help us spread our message that no Veteran should ever be homeless. We are very happy to welcome Mayor Stephen Santellana as our first Ex-Officio Board member who will be providing us with guidance and assistance. We need more professional individuals willing to serve as Ex-Officio members, such as an accountant, a lawyer, contractor, military liaison and others. We need YOU to help us spread the word about Base Camp Lindsey. We also need monetary donations, donations of services and materials. The grants we have applied for all have a matching requirement, they want to make sure that our community supports this project and will be able to sustain it into the future. Matching amounts are gained from hours of volunteer time, the value of goods and services donated, as well as actual cash donations. The Board of Base Camp Lindsey is confident that 2020 is going to be the year that the doors of Base Camp Lindsey are flung open to welcome the first of many residents and we want you to be a part of the excitement. Let’s show our Veterans that we have their backs and make sure that we eliminate Veteran homelessness in our communities.
December 14th Christmas Stand Down
March 13th Campout at Base Camp Lindsey
April 25th Frontier Days
September 12th Raising The Steaks Gala Dinner
November 14th March of Honor
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We have also begun the brick fundraiser for the Veterans Memorial!
You can find the link on the donations page of our website