In July 2011, BWorks will be moving to a new home located at
2414 Menard Street in Soulard. We would like to invite all of you to
stop by for an open house on Saturday November 20th 6-9pm to see our new
space and celebrate with us before we start construction.
If you have been to the shop on a busy night you understand this
move was long overdue. We are open five nights a week in order to
accommodate the volume of people coming to volunteer. The Earn-A-Bike
program now occurs on Saturdays and Wednesdays to allow even more kids
to learn. The computer shop has continued to increase the accessibility
of its Earn-A-Computer programs and has added a one-on-one mentoring
program. A new program called BookWorks was started this year to help
kids improve their writing and reading skills. This growth has taxed our
core group of volunteers and the building we currently occupy. The same
room serves as a classroom, a boardroom, and a storage area all in the
same week. More and better space was need for us to continue to grow and
pursue our mission.
Over a year ago we started touring buildings in the neighborhood
and surrounding areas to see what was possible. This spring we found a
perfect building to meet our needs and a generous patron to help make it
a reality. The space is large enough to allow for growth, it is located
in a residential area, and our new neighbors are enthusiastic about our
moving in. This new location will have dedicated classroom spaces, more
than double the shop space, new bathrooms, a reception and retail area,
and plenty of storage, all built to our specific needs. We are
extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity.
This good news, however, is tempered by the sadness we feel for
leaving one of the most amazing and supportive communities in all of
Saint Louis, the Shaw Neighborhood. Shaw has been our home for over
twenty years, BWORKS was conceived and flourished here and we are deeply
grateful for all the support and encouragement Shaw has given us.
We look forward to what the future holds and hope to see you all
at the Open House on Nov 20th. Please visit us soon in our new home and
don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions