Harvest House plans fund-raising sale

August 2, 2010 Updated Aug 2, 2010 at 8:53 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by Tracey Drury

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Harvest House plans fund-raising sale

August 2, 2010 Updated Aug 2, 2010 at 8:53 AM EDT


In preparation for an in-house expansion, Harvest House Ministry is selling off hundreds of desks, bookcases and other used office products.

The warehouse sale Aug. 6-7 at 175 Jefferson Ave. will make room for an adult education program currently housed in smaller space at the nonprofit group's Buffalo facility. The $719,000 project calls for creating permanent classrooms and shift its New Hope Education Center, opening up space in the other side of the building to expand its Good Neighbors Health Care Clinic.

The agency began a capital campaign about two years ago, seeking to raise $3.7 million to renovate and expand its 29,000-square-foot former trucking facility. Grants are coming in, but there's still much to be raised, says President Linda Tatu, who founded the organization in 1993 with her husband, Gary.

"We have enough in that we're able to start seriously pursuing emptying the space," she says.

Plans call for beginning construction this fall.

Other programs include a Baby & Children's Ministry, currently housed in a former church on Seneca Street.

Most of the office furniture and items in the sale came to the organization through auctions and donations. Plans call for keeping items to be used for the education program as well. Prices for the warehouse sale includes desks from $35 to $175. The sale is open to businesses, individuals and nonprofit groups, some of whom shopped for items in a pre-sale day.

"People who were looking for things got what they needed," Tatu says.

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