Stevenson House, the 120-unit low-income elderly housing complex next to the church, has been undergoing extensive renovation, including seismic retrofitting, for the past 15 months. The work is now 80 percent com- plete, and the dining room and lounge are open for residents to use. How- ever, it feels like everything has been started but not yet completed. The residents in Building C, the final of the three buildings to be renovated, were moved to temporary apartments in Mountain View to stay until mid- March. The rain made it impossible to complete a set of external stairs needed for emergencies as well as a lift and stairs from Building A lower level to the parking lot. Rain leaked into areas of the roof that were not quite complete. There’s lots of mud around the site. Despite all of that, “substantial completion” is set for about March 31. The last major work to be completed will be the landscaping and the re-laying of the parking lot.
Stevenson House residents, the board, and the staff thank the church for its help through this process. Stevenson House was able to rent space at the church to serve meals, hold resident events and meetings, and provide a lounge area. The church staff was supportive, and the use of the UUCPA parking lot was essential to meet transportation needs.
The Religious Education program has made Valentine’s Day gift pack- ages and placed them on resident doorknobs as a pleasant surprise for the residents. Cash donations from church members helped us provide support services not covered by the rents. The recent Sunday morning collection and December donations by some church members helped the Board to purchase Eco-Passes for all our residents, allowing them to use public transit in Santa Clara County at no cost. This helped meet a sustainability goal to encourage the use of mass transit.
Thank you very much for all of your help
—Phyllis Cassel and Carol Steinfeld