Recently, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Andre Ethier granted $100,000 to the Mission to support the renovation of our Learning Center – soon to be called the “Andre and Maggie Ethier Learning Center”!
After the room was cleared and permits processed, 50 volunteers from various Dodger departments, Dodger RBI players, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA joined LADF for a paint day. Since then flooring has been laid, cabinetry installed, signage designed and much more!
With a little over 3 weeks to go, all final inspections and installations are underway (finishing cabinetry, installing ceiling slats, window treatments, dividing wall between classroom and general work space, built in seating and computer workstations).
We hope for a ribbon cutting ceremony after the post season, potentially early November, when Andre and Maggie can join us to introduce this new space!
This remodel will allow the Mission to have a functional, comfortable and inviting space, providing inspiration to hundreds of homeless men and women. And thanks to the significant support of the Dodgers and several vendors this project is truly becoming a dream come true! A sincere thanks to the following partners who are transforming this room even beyond our initial vision:
- Dodgers Stadium Operations – Steve Ethier and Tom Beacom – project leaders
- Dodgers IT – Ralph Esquibel – donated 24 complete workstations and technical support
- Dodgers Productions – a Go-Pro is capturing the entire process to add to the overall video
- Habitat for Humanity – introduction to our designer and the Habitat Restore
- Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – initial design concept
- Ecovations – Darren Moore – project designer and contractor
- Kimberlina Whettam & Associates – permit support
- O’Bryant Electric Inc – electrical materials and labor
- MS Rouse Company, Inc – flooring installation
- Morrow Meadows Corporation – electrical materials and labor
- Nahib Youssef – Structural Engineers – permit support
- Design Materials and Encore Commercial Flooring – flooring materials and labor (Nike flooring similar to Dodger clubhouse)
- Sherwin-Williams – paint and supplies
- Interior Services | Draperies, Blinds & Shades – window coverings
- WB Signs – signage, décor