Transformation Project sets sights on $75000 fundraiser

WESTBROOK — The Transformation Project is embarking on gofundme.com bid to lift $75,000 to assistance reconstruct 907 Main St. into a jail method core dedicated to assisting immature adults withdrawal jail successfully transition behind into society.

“Over a years of going into correctional facilities, I’ve detected these dim communities are like bullion mines,” pronounced Ken Hawley, a boss and owner of The Transformation Project. “They’re full of potential, value and worth.  Hidden within so many offenders I’ve seen leaders, artists, culinary geniuses, craftsmen, teachers, entrepreneurs and most more.” 

Once adult and running, a Westbrook core will yield programming, mentoring, and life skills and work training.  Individuals will also accept piece abuse preparation and career growth conversing to learn how to turn devoted employees and valued members of a communities.  

If that appropriation can be raised, Hawley said, a series of construction professionals have concluded to present $75,000 in labor to a restoration efforts.

“If we can lift that $75,000 and activate a construction with those professionals, we are anticipating to be open by a finish of a year,” he said.

The $75,000 – $5,000 of that had been lifted as of Jun 4 – will compensate for a construction of vital space for 8 people along with offices upstairs and a meeting/venue space downstairs. Hawley pronounced he would like to have those spaces adult and using by a finish of a year.

The appropriation will not, however, compensate to reconstruct space downstairs into a cafe. The Transformation Project, that purchased a building in Nov 2016 for $500,000, primarily designed to build a cafeteria and run it, though since it would need $250,000 for that to happen, Hawley said, a devise changed.

“(The Transformation Project) has selected to franchise a space out to an existent cafeteria business that desires to combine with a practice indication and prophesy to train, mentor, occupy and supply immature people re-enter a communities from corrections successfully,” Hawley said.

Hawley has articulate to a owners of Coffee ME Up about holding over a 1,400-square-foot space and hopes to have an agreement in place by a finish of a month.

Coffee ME Up, located during 221 Cumberland St. in Portland, was started final year by Mateo Hodo and Alba Zakja, a husband-and-wife group creatively from Albania. 

Hodo pronounced “when Ken approached me, we was intrigued by his finish idea and wanted to do what we could to assistance him perform that.”

He pronounced a dual are negotiating only how that would work. 

“We adore what The Transformation Project is perplexing to do and we privately wish to get concerned and do what we can,” Hodo said.

In an bid to assistance The Transformation Project accommodate a fundraising goal, First Evangelical Free Church, 355 Bridgton Road in Westbrook, will be hosting a Cook-Off Competition, commencement during 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jun 22.

Events during a advantage will embody live music, raffles, a gift auction and food prepared by internal restaurants and churches.  Tickets are $15 per chairman or $50 for family of four.  Tickets can be purchased  during buytickets.at/thetransformationproject/171060. 

Area restaurants and churches meddlesome in participating might register by emailing Emily Bruce during bruceemily0@gmail.com. 

More information is accessible on a website thetransformationproject.org. To assistance will a fundraising, revisit gofundme.com/thetransformationproject. 

Michael Kelley can be reached during 781-3661 x 125 or mkelley@keepmecurrent.com or on Twitter @mkelleynews.

A fundraising debate is underway by GoFundMe to lift $75,000 to assistance reconstruct 907 Main Street, before Ethos Marketing,  into a jail method core that will assistance girl withdrawal jail benefit a skills they need to re-enter society. (Courtesy photo)
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A fundraising debate is underway by GoFundMe to lift $75,000 to assistance reconstruct 907 Main Street, before Ethos Marketing,  into a jail method core that will assistance girl withdrawal jail benefit a skills they need to re-enter society. (Courtesy photo)

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