Noah Homes now welcomes thousands of people from our community each year to learn about our mission and participate in fun activities with the folks like gardening, sports, Summerfest, and Enchanted Village. Behind the scenes were aging storage containers with leaky roofs and a pantry bursting at the seams.
Not anymore! Thanks to the generosity of Kim Lauridsen, we were able to completely fund a $1.5 million project and open the doors on February 19 to a new, state-of-the-art 3,200 sq. ft. warehouse. “Pinkee’s Pantry,” named in honor of Kim’s sister and beloved Noah Homes’ resident, Pinkee, finally combines a myriad of containers on the property needed to stock and support 10 homes, 26 vehicles, 90 residents, 130+ staff, two community events, and an 11-acre property. It will also replace an original storage garage on the property that houses the residents’ summer/winter wardrobe bins and provide office space for Operations.
The temperature-controlled side will enable us to enlarge our pantry system, which is currently stored in the Community Center, and provide the ability to expand our bulk food purchases, which will further reduce our overall food costs.
A special shoutout to our amazing vendors who assisted along the way: RCP Block & Brick, Family member & Board Member Wayne Finley, Centre Builders, Pasco Laret Suiter & Associates, CTA Architects, North County Gunite Co, RL Mays Construction, Dudley Insulation, Regan Roofing, LTD Sheet Metal Inc, AALC Commercial, Inland Overhead Door Company, San Diego Drywall Corporation, Keith Monroe Painting, Stumbaugh & Associates, Sark Custom Awnings, LaRue Plumbing, Brian Cox Mechanical, Robinson Electric, JJJ Enterprises, Pioneer Grading & Excavation, Precision Concrete Designs, and Matthew’s Landscape.
Projects like this will help keep us sustainable and support future growth for years to come. For example, our bulk food purchases save approximately 40% on our annual food budget and the additional storage will allow for the ongoing expansion of community events at Noah Homes, which have raised nearly $1 million over the past two years and welcomed more than 5,000 people to Noah Homes to share our vision of service.