Our Building Construction Chronicles in Photos and Words
Photos above are in chronological order from earliest to most recent. Narratives below are arranged from most recent to earliest.
Current Building Fund Capital Campaign Fundraising Donation Level as of January 08, 2020
The Capital Campaign reach its 50% donation goal on December 18, 2019. On January 08, 2020, the fund reached the 60% donation goal! We are immensely grateful to each of you who contributed to our 2019 appeal for operating expenses, and to each of you who have participated to date with a contribution to our Capital Campaign; we will need your continued financial support in 2020. A donation of any amount is appreciated.
Building Update — May 2020
A Note From Barbara Hummel-Rossi President of the Fearrington Cares Board
Great News! The addition to our Fearrington Cares building is done! All inspections have been completed and we have a certificate of occupancy for the addition. We are very pleased with how the addition looks and how it will function. Work has begun on the remodeling of the original building. We have moved furniture from the original building into the new addition. Workers will be breaking through the former entrance and adding a new and larger clinic in this area.
Karen’s former office and the former clinic and reception will become a new reception office and a storage room for medical equipment lent to residents. Other spaces will be reconfigured to create a small conference room and another office. The original meeting room will become Karen’s new office. Stop by and take a look at the new addition, but please don’t walk around the building as the ground is uneven and it is a construction site with all the hazards of a construction site.
We are excited and can’t wait to get into the completed building. We have plans to expand services with the additional space that the new addition provides. Hopefully, the situation with the coronavirus will abate soon and we will be able to resume more of our services. There is still time to contribute to our Building Campaign to help landscape the property and furnish the building. You can drop off a contribution in our Fearrington Cares box at the Swim and Croquet Mail Kiosk, mail a contribution to Fearrington Cares, 2020 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or make a contribution right here on our website. You also might like to buy a brick for the patio which will be engraved with your message. To do so, see the information and hotlinks posted in the Brick Fundraiser Campaign information posted at the top of this page.
Building Update – November 2019
This is an exciting time for Fearrington Cares! We broke ground on an extension to our building which will more than double our space. While we have wanted to expand our services and programs, we reached the point that we had no more room to do so. After thorough analyses that involved members of the community, Fearrington Cares Board members and Fearrington Cares staff, we decided to extend our current building. Once completed, our newly expanded building will have a new multipurpose room, a larger reception area, a bigger clinic with examination chair, additional staff offices, ADA compliant bathrooms and a large storage room for medical equipment that we lend to residents. Construction is funded by gifts from current and former Fearrington residents. Stop by the Center any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to examine the plans.
After the slab is poured, we will provide regular updates on our website about progress. Our Capital Campaign to furnish and landscape the new building will include a series of FUNdraisers. Stay tuned for some fun activities this fall and winter, including a fall dinner with an Irish band, a spring jazz evening and an auction.
Building Update – August 12, 2019
The long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the new building wsa held at 3:30 pm this afternoon. Board members and others who had played significant roles in the planning process for the expansion gathered in front of the entrance to the current Fearrington Cares Center for a photo which was taken by Forrest Greenslade to use in an article he was drafting for the September 2019 issue of THE CORNER/Fearrington Edition.
After posing for this photo, the group moved over to stand in front of the new building site, which the construction crew had begun preparing earlier in August.
Everyone was excited to see the vision for the future, which had been developing since 2018, actually beginning to come to life and to assume some tangible shape.
Featured in this photo: Michael Rossi, Barbara Hummel-Rossi, Mark Asman, Bruce Coleman, Jon Darling, Karen Metzguer, Carol Kurtz (with mask), Mike Hancock, David Lindeman, Pat Skiver, Steve Stewart, Cindy Kahler.
Building Update – June 2019
Fearrington Cares Building Campaign Next year Fearrington Cares celebrates its 30th year serving Fearrington residents. As the Village has grown, so has Fearrington Cares. We are continually expanding our services as we respond to residents’ needs while keeping the anchor of long-established services, including transportation, home repairs, equipment loans, and nursing assistance.
In response to residents’ requests, we recently added computer help, movement classes, and support groups. Our current building is stretched to the limit for staff, equipment, and services. It restricts our ability to serve well and serve efficiently. Over the past several years, the Board and staff have been studying our program needs and planning an addition to and renovation of our existing Fearrington Cares building. This work is finally bearing fruit and we hope to break ground at the end of May or the beginning of June. The plans call for the following:
- Adding a multipurpose room and two offices
- Increasing the size of the clinic, storage, and reception areas, and
- Adding bathrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
We are very excited about this construction as the additional room will allow us to expand our programs and services to the Fearrington community. This construction is made possible by generous bequests and donations from current and previous residents.
We need additional funds to complete the construction, landscape the property and furnish the building; therefore, we are initiating a Building Campaign. This is a rare request and is separate from the Annual Appeal for operating expenses.
Please consider making a generous financial donation to our Building Campaign. Contributions can be made on our website, mailed to Fearrington Cares, 2020 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312, dropped off at the Center between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or put in the mailbox beside our door anytime. Please write “Building Campaign” in the memo/notes section.
We are grateful for your contributions. Your support makes things happen!
Building Update – April 2019
Karen Metzguer, Nurse and Executive Director
Building News and Upcoming Fundraiser
Next year Fearrington Cares moves into its 30th year serving Fearrington residents. We’ve grown along with the Village to provide expanded services. We change with the times and respond to residents’ emerging needs while keeping the anchor of long-established services including transportation, home repairs, equipment loans, and nursing services. In response to residents’ interests, computer assistance, movement classes, and support groups were later additions. Our current building is stretched to the limit for staff, equipment, and services. It limits our ability to serve well and serve efficiently.
Over the past several years The Board and staff have been studying our program needs and planning an addition to and renovation of our existing Fearrington Cares building. This work is finally bearing fruit and we hope to break ground at the end of May or the beginning of June. We will be adding a multipurpose room and two offices; increasing the size of the clinic, storage, and reception areas; and adding bathrooms compliant with Americans with Disabilities requirements. We are very excited about this construction as the additional room will allow us to expand our programs and services to the Fearrington community.
This construction is made possible by generous bequests and donations from current and previous residents. We need additional funds to complete the construction, landscape the property, and furnish the building. Therefore, we are initiating a Building Campaign. This is a rare request and is separate from the Annual Appeal for operating expenses.
A donation can be made on our website (https://fearringtoncares.org/donate/) or mailed to Fearrington Cares, 2020 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312. In either case, please write “Building Campaign” in the memo/notes section. Your support makes things happen!
We are also planning community fundraising events, please join your neighbors for a Murder Mystery Dinner on Thursday, May 23rd to put the FUN in FUNdraising; watch for ticket information in your email, at your mail kiosk, and on our website.
Building Project Update #1 — July 16, 2018
Karen Metzguer, Nurse and Executive Director
As many of you know, Fearrington Cares depends entirely on the support of the community to continue serving residents of Fearrington Village. When I arrived in 2013, Board members had identified growing needs for program space in our Center.
Two of Fearrington Cares ardent supporters left a substantial bequest to us in their will in 2015 (more about this family in a future update); this created the real possibility for subsequent Boards to actively plan to expand and renovate the building. It is 2018 and we are building!!
As you also know, building is a time-consuming, multi-step process with frequent “pauses” throughout the process. Although we don’t yet have plans to share or a calendar to post, we hope to be able to do so soon. We will be using this email method and our Fearrington Cares website to share information as it becomes available.
The staff and I are working on plans to minimize the impact on the myriad of services Fearrington Cares provides in the community. We know that we have your support, and we ask your patience as we journey along the “build and renovation” pathway.
I hope you enjoy this poem by Sam Ragan, North Carolina’s 1982 Poet Laureate.
Building is done
brick by brick, stone by stone,
board by board, nail by nail.
It also is done with words,
and by deeds.
Word by word, deed by deed,
we are proud that we build.
We find pride and courage
from our yesterdays,
we celebrate today,
and we look to tomorrow.
Let the sun of our seasons
shine on our visions,
as builders for people,
and their dreams…
Let us celebrate because we build.