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