Earlier this year, St. Mary’s 35-year-old platform lift finally failed. The loss of the lift has made access to our undercroft level fellowship rooms and restrooms difficult, dangerous or impossible for many members of our community. Because the lift is so old, and because we installed that lift before the Americans with Disabilities Act codes, it cannot be repaired.
The Vestry explored alternatives to replacing the lift, but it became apparent that a lift was the only practical solution to maintaining full access for all to the undercroft. After months of prayerful deliberation, the Vestry has determined that we must replace the lift to respect the dignity and full inclusion of all members and guests of St. Mary’s.
The estimate we received to install a new platform lift is $39,727, which was competitive with other vendors. We currently have $21,500 available for the Access Lift Project. We have $10,000 available in the Building Fund and $7000 in grants from the Episcopal Church in Minnesota plus a $1000 gift from Bishop Craig Loya. We have also received commitments for another $3500 from two parishioners.
With more than half the funds needed already on hand, we are proceeding with the Access Lift Project. We are relying on the generosity of the members and friends of St. Mary’s to help us complete this major capital improvement to our beloved church.
Won’t you make a gift to ensure that all persons are fully included in every aspect of the prayer life and fellowship of our faith community?
You can make a one-time gift by check or by selecting the “Building Fund (Access Lift Project)” option at our online giving site, or you can make monthly contributions to the project over a period of time.
Your gift will make sure St. Mary’s remains “a house of prayer for all people.”Isaiah 56:7