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January 2017

January 2017

January 10, 2017 newsletters

All Water Systems GO!!! The largest hurdle is behind us. You can still donate One of the biggest hurdles Redwood Glen has had to jump over to become water independent is convincing the State Water Board that there is enough water here to sustain the camp and all our activities. Between […]


All Water Systems GO!!!

The largest hurdle is behind us.

You can still donate

One of the biggest hurdles Redwood Glen has had to jump over to become water independent is convincing the State Water Board that there is enough water here to sustain the camp and all our activities. Between Hoffman Creek and Piney Creek and what little is coming out of our newly drilled wells, Redwood Glen has been given official permission to build its water system.

Our Water Team of Wyman Chin, Chad Plantenberg and Andrew Gonsalves (with help from Ronald Gonsalves), along with SRT engineering consultant Lisa and Hydrologist Mark, have worked hard these past eight months to get us to this point.

The next step is the setup stage. Lisa and her team is busy designing the schematics for what the infrastructure will look like (to meet State approval) while our water team will be working on getting the pipe laid from the creeks’ point of diversions to our storage tanks. Then, once the state approves the plans, we build the filtration plant and hook everything up.

Our deadline is still March 30. It will be a tight fit, but we know that since God has brought us this far, we trust he will see us through to the end.

Costs for this project have been overwhelming. We have raised over $200,000, thanks to generous people like yourself who have donated to our “Help Save Redwood Glen” Water Fund. We have spent about $400,000 so far on the water project with an estimated $350,000 left to go.

The profit we made last summer, that we usually put away for the winter slow period, has been spent on water issues leaving very little for this part of the year. We have applied for a loan with the Christian Community Credit Union and are hoping to qualify for a $400,000 loan for the water system (plus enough to pay off the current mortgage). However, if approved, that money will not come until after March 1.

In the meantime, Redwood Glen has reduced staff, cut hours, and reduced all extraneous expenses to help alleviate the financial stress. We are living “paycheck to paycheck” during these lean months.

If you have already given to the water fund, we say thank you and ask that you consider giving maybe once again. If you are able, the entire staff at Redwood Glen says thank you as your gift now affects each one of us. Click on the button below to donate.

And continue to keep us in your prayers. We are not out of the woods, yet, but we see daylight coming through the trees ahead of us.

 

Redwood Glen says
Goodbye to Larry Jay

It is with sadness that Redwood Glen must say goodbye to Rev. Dr. Larry Jay as he transitions to a new position back east in Massachusetts.

Larry becomes the new Executive Director of the Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA.

Larry began working here at Redwood Glen in June of 2006 and spent the next ten and a half years in the Guest Services Department. He was instrumental in building up the guest group clientele, here, after the San Joaquin School District discontinued it’s Outdoor Education program with us in 2008.

So we say goodbye, but wish Larry well and send him with God’s blessings as he begins his new adventure in the Northeastern United States.

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