I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend! I am truly grateful for my family & friends, and I treasure the time I get to spend with everyone. The same goes to my CDA Team and the people I work with. I always want to surround myself with the best team who have the same values and love for life, as I do. That being said I would like to introduce you to my guest writer, Mathew Grove. Mathew is one of my many talented and promising Project Managers. He is heading the project for Teen Challenge Arizona and his passion for this project and foundation is unmatched. So please enjoy and again, thank you for being a part of Candelaria Design!
Teen Challenge is an amazing national organization committed to helping those that are battling addiction. When Paul Cox, Director of Development for Teen Challenge Arizona, reached out to Candelaria Design for help with their kitchen, we were humbly honored to accept the invitation and set a meeting with him right away. This was the beginning of a beautiful project . . .
Upon arrival to Teen Challenge, Paul Cox, Jim Moyer and Jonathon Roe educated our design team about the Teen Challenge organization and all of the incredible contributions they make within many communities around our country. Their Phoenix community alone has a daily average of sixty people (from all age groups) that participate - that is a lot of people to feed! To give you a better idea, the kitchen serves approximately 60 meals/3 times a day each year. This totals about 65,700 meals every year, not including holiday meals which serve up to 120 people each. While jotting down these statistics, we were led to the kitchen which was noticeably in a deteriorating state – the walk-in refrigerator struggled to reach below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and continually would break down, an old dishwasher that was in constant need of repair (we noted that there was no three-basin dish washing sink to use as a backup to the dishwasher and that there was also a range that had bungee cords holding the oven doors shut), and lastly, a rough concrete floor that was not suitable for a kitchen . . . we had to help! We were told that they were applying for a $100,000 grant so they could have the funds to remodel their kitchen that was in desperate need for upgrades. So we signed on and started putting together a plan and design for their kitchen.
First, we had to put together a program that contained all the necessary requirements for the new kitchen. In order to accomplish this, we immediately setup our first design meeting with Chef Ward at Teen Challenge. Shortly after, we had a well thought-out conceptual plan. At this point we contacted a home builder here in Phoenix, Arizona who helped us put together a budget for the new kitchen - his first estimates came in and we realized this project could easily cost over $500,000. We realized this wouldn’t work with the previously disclosed budget of $100,000.
After a year of fundraising and reaching the $100,000 mark, I received a call from Paul Cox who mentioned he had a builder that wanted to help. At this point we met with President and Founder of CR Commercial Contractors, Doug Terrell, who quickly helped put together an updated scope of work, “wish list” and project schedule to help maximize the $100,000 budget.
Thank fully, much of the team was still focused on making the original concept of the new and improved kitchen a reality for Teen Challenge. In the initial budget, appliances alone were going to utilize just about the entire budget, accompanied by the new floor, necessary dish washer and 3-basin sink. Pat Julian, from Julian Restaurant Equipment, was kind enough to bring all the new appliances in at whole sale cost! With his generosity, a rippling effect amongst the tradesmen, donors and sub-contractors began, all of whom were kind enough to donate. Before we knew it, the kitchen had all the wish list items and we were able to accomplish our original design.
**Another BIG THANK YOU to all the contractors for their donations to make this project a reality**
The new kitchen
We were able to make use of an additional 300 square-feet of space that was previously unusable in the old kitchen. With the new kitchens spacious layout, we were able to create a more functional design to maximize productivity and efficiency for the main operating systems of the Teen Challenge Kitchen. Along with the new layout and top of the line appliances, a 3-layer epoxy floor was installed over the existing concrete floors, a cleanable vinyl ceiling was installed in lieu of the previous plaster ceiling, and fluorescent lighting was added to brighten up the space in correlation with most commercial kitchens. As a visual aid of the new kitchen vs. the old kitchen, please see the below photos.
Visiting Teen Challenge in the weeks after completion of the kitchen – the love and sincerity from all who were involved with this project is evident. I’m blown away by the amount of gratitude and praise it received. It’s such a testament to see the accumulation of so many people and companies, brought together to help a wonderful organization – an organization which provides the ultimate act of generosity and hope that’s possible, a second chance. Although the kitchen is complete there is always more that can be done. If you would like to help, please reach out to Teen Challenge at http://tcaz.org/donate/or you can call 800-346-7859
Doug Terrell, Lloyd Ball and Tom Palmer from CR Commercial Contractors for their expertise, outreach to sub-contractors and generosity.
Andrews Refrigeration for their Donation of a brand new Walk-in refrigerator
Pat Julian for providing the Appliances and the food preparation equipment
Bryan Hare of Maricopa County Environmental Services Department for his guidance in this remodel and his and his team’s dedication to helping out Teen Challenge and other organizations in need.
Teen Challenge for providing the opportunity to be part of a great organization and to help develop a new kitchen.
And all of the organizations and people below who also made donations and contributions in other forms:
Bob & Kathy Brown, Don and Rose Perrotti, Enterprise Holding Foundation, Frank and Patrea Zanin, Gesner-Johnson Family Foundation, Giving Hope Worldwide Foundation, Global Outreach 360, LLC, Jonathon and Karla Roe, Marketplace One, Matthew 25 Project, Mission Increase Arizona, National Christian Foundation, Nick & Lynn Petrucci, Paul and Judy Cox, Phil & Tina Lebeda, Tim & Betsy Sith